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February 10, 2009

The Future Of Journalism

It's looking bright!

One of the biggest fears for holders of respected positions is the potential loss of public esteem. Therapists say the high achiever often holds self-defeating double standards, feeling sympathetic toward the unemployed while assuming that unemployment would bring him only shame.

For Michael Precker, that loss of status wasn't as grim as the fear of it. A veteran foreign correspondent and editor for the Dallas Morning News, Mr. Precker took a buyout in 2006 and now manages a high-end strip club. "I really wondered how it would feel to sever that link -- Michael Precker of the Dallas Morning News," he says. "But it has been easier than I thought. I feel lucky."

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at February 10, 2009 06:44 PM

You're telling me you don't want to own a high-end strip club? What kind of man are you?

Posted by: Christopher Wing at February 10, 2009 07:11 PM

At least over there, he'd be able to be more honest about the nature of his profession...stuffing them dollar bills where it counts, baby!

Posted by: En Ming Hee at February 10, 2009 07:12 PM
To disassociate identity from professional status, therapists recommend taking pride in characteristics that can't be stripped away -- virtue, integrity, honesty, generosity. They also recommend investing more time and pride in relationships with family, friends and community.

other non-therapists recommend these things so that you don't personally cause the economy to blow up or nature to collapse.

Posted by: hapa at February 10, 2009 07:49 PM

I'd been wondering what Tom Friedman's true calling was.

Posted by: Donald Johnson at February 10, 2009 09:30 PM

With a name like Precker, strip clubs are a natural.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at February 10, 2009 11:23 PM

I, for one, welcome our new strip-club-based economy.

Posted by: SteveB at February 11, 2009 08:01 AM
To disassociate identity from professional status, therapists recommend taking pride in characteristics that can't be stripped away

That's great. Now, if only I could disassociate my bank balance from my professional status...

Posted by: Dunc at February 11, 2009 08:07 AM

What's the problem? Strip club is where I am getting my international news too.

Posted by: abb1 at February 11, 2009 08:23 AM

Wonder if it's Ruby's old place.

Posted by: oyster at February 14, 2009 12:17 AM