In the discussion that ensued on a post on his blog, "More With Les," the communication consultant and university lecturer Les Potter said something that threw me just a bit. (Or at least it stuck in my craw; the post was in September, and I'm only bringing it up now.) Potter wrote:
From those days I, too, learned patience as Marcia advises, because it was as Ron says, a time of having to develop a high tolerance for chaos.
Students need to realize that this is the way it is in the world of work in our profession. You must pay your dues. These hours are not optional. If you are serious about being successful in this profession, you must put in the hours our type of work demands.
What happened to the profession that journalists used to "sell out" to, for the fat paychecks and the nine-to-five hours? When (exactly) did "our type of work" begin to demand such slavish devotion? And if we're going to work 60-80 hours, shouldn't we be doing something that's a little more glamorous or lucrative or both?
But first: Do you agree with Potter's claim that, to succeed in communication, "these hours are not optional"?