By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions

Hyperlocal start-up in Eastern Mass.

But where, exactly? Very interesting. Jay Fitzgerald mocks the pay ($30,000 to $35,000 for an editor, $25,000 to $27,000 for a reporter). But there are plenty of community newspapers that pay worse than that for all except their most senior people.

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  1. Patricia

    Still … for those salaries, you either have to be living at home with your parents or be married to someone making at least twice as much.

    I plugged my salary for 1989 — the last year I worked for a community newspaper in eastern Massachusetts — into an online inflation calculator and I got quite a bit more than $35,000.

    • Dan Kennedy

      Patricia: Salaries have not kept up. Not even close.

  2. Local Editor

    I hate to admit it, but those salaries are more than competitive.

  3. LFNeilson

    Must be willing to relocate to the area? Either they’re counting on extreme hunger blinding the applicant’s fiscal sense or they’re looking for someone willing to live in a cardboard box. Granted, there are plenty of unemployed editors and reporters out there, but this smacks of exploitation.

  4. lkcape

    “…smacks of exploitation…”

    And your solution to the problem?

  5. Local Reporter

    Mock it all you want, but that’s a pay raise for most community reporters around Boston.

    And trust me, Patricia, we find a way to make it work.

  6. Sue O'Connell

    It’s impossible to judge those salaries as fair or exploitive without know the expected operating budget and expected revenue and circ projections. Plus, staff size, range of duties, etc. And remember, print is still making more revenue than web.

  7. Peter Porcupine

    Hmmm….maybe I WILL quit the day job…

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