In case you missed it, Rupert Murdoch flew into the country last week. Then he made a big announcement about launching The Sun on Sunday. And then Twitter exploded. Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh but there were a lot of people giving their opinions on the launch.
And a lot of the people I saw on my feed were wannabe hacks just like me. And a lot of them were being fairly negative about it. Personally, I’m not willing to make judgments on something that I’ve not seen yet. In fact, something that doesn’t even exist yet. As my mum always says to me ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. So let’s hold back on the criticisms until next week when we’ve all read it, yeah?
In fact, maybe we should be holding back on the negative comments altogether? I mean, no one wants to be in the position of facing an editor in an interview having previously slagged off the publication you’re applying to. Because remember, your Twitter feed will undoubtedly be checked by your interviewer before you walk into that room.
Ok, you might not think you’ll be applying for a job at The Sun on Sunday so you don’t need to worry. But you could be applying for a job somewhere else where someone interviewing you used to work there. Equally, you never know what’s going to happen in the future, you could end up trying to get a job there.
And with our industry in the state it is in, can you really afford to be picky about where you will and won’t work? Although there are journalism jobs out there if you look for them, I still don’t think you can afford to say explicitly that you will never work for a particular publication. Especially a national publication like The Sun on Sunday. The opportunity is one that is too great to miss, so do you really want to jeopardise your chances by slagging it off on Twitter before it’s even been published?
Personally, I actually think the launch of a new Sunday paper could be just the thing the industry needs at the moment. News of the World has left a massive gap in the market. According to this report in the Guardian, 50 per cent of NOTW readers had stopped buying a Sunday paper by the end of 2011. If you ask me, this is shocking. Why did one of the other Sunday papers not step up and grab those readers?
But aside from increasing the numbers of people buying newspapers, The Sun on Sunday will also create more jobs, which is the most interesting part to us as wannabe hacks. Regardless to your views on The Sun or Rupert Murdoch, anything that is creating more journalism jobs at the moment has got to be worth a shot.