I started writing here as a way to address the rising burnout in the journalism industry. However, only 60 days after my first post, I walked away from the newsroom.
It turns out I was so close to being burned out, and while starting this blog was cathartic, I was already out the door.
I should clarify a little from what the headline suggests-I left what started as my dream job because that dream disappeared in an instant, in addition to burnout.
That’s a story for another day.
Mental health in the journalism industry is still a challenge that desperately needs attention. I believe Journowell has abundant opportunities. Being slightly removed from the newsroom might give me some perspective and the freedom to address some of the thorny issues impacting journalists.
I want to hear your thoughts: Do you see value in a platform like this? My early idea is a semi-regular blog and maybe a resource library. Let me know — leave a comment below:
One month ago, I left what I thought was my dream job in my dream career field. Walking out of a newsroom was a challenge. It was also a huge relief. The first thing I did was delete every news app from my phone, unfollowed many social media accounts (the best that I could), remove most social media apps from my phone, hide newsletters from my favorite sources and take a breath. I’ve been calling it a “news detox.”
It’s now been a month of nearly zero news intake, and I have to say, I am really enjoying it. I am calmer, I have more time, and I think I am happier.
Is it sustainable? I’m not sure. I believe the lack of some news makes me a less informed citizen and I don’t like the idea of *not* supporting journalism.