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Online hacks earn more

05 Jul 2007

Online hacks earn more News that might be of interest to journalism students: according to new research, online journalists often earn far more than their print counterparts.

The survey, by media recruitment specialists PFJ, revealed that between three and five years into their careers, online journalists are making up to £10,000 per year more than those who specialise in print journalism.

The gap widens, it seems, as the years go by. After ten years a local newspaper journalist can expect to earn around £40,000, while many online writers are way ahead on £60,000.

As reported by HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk, the report said: "The online market place pays relatively average salaries until candidates become involved in the strategy side of the websites/portals (3-5 years experience) where there is a dramatic increase."

It also acknowledged, however, that the love of a job is often more important to media employees than money.

The study concluded: "Money itself is rarely a reason to move on its own - it is usually a symptom of dissatisfaction.

"Employees want responsibility and recognition and if these are lacking they can feel undervalued and therefore financial rewards move up the scale of what is important to them."

The increase in internet journalism could benefit new graduates, who are often more comfortable with new forms of technology and online communication than their older counterparts.

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