I started training for job number four today. Finally, I think I’m working full-time after a nine-month hiatus.
The Jamaicans from In Living Color would probably be ashamed. “Only FOUR JOBS?”
But I had a realization recently that I’ve finally become what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’m a journalist again. A real, live reporter! And I have the crime and courts beat, which is ideal. I’m just sick enough to love when tragedy strikes, or, better yet, when the evil people get what they deserve.
Job No. One: CrimeVoice.com – I write stories about crime in the scenic city of Milpitas and unincorported Santa Clara County. Once a week I travel to Milpitas to copy all the arrest logs for the week. I get paid $25 per story and per trip. It ain’t much, but it’s’ more than I make for…
Job No. Two: Examiner.com – An online newspaper for which I cover crime and courts in Santa Clara County. This is one of those jobs in which I am paid by the click. Less than a penny per click, to be more precise. So click away, my loves. Please? I beg of you! http://www.examiner.com/user-susiefowkes
Job No. 3: Vision Literacy – This one pays even less than Examiner, as I’m the VOLUNTEER Social Media Coordinator for a literacy program in the South Bay. It’s giving me valuable social media experience and the reward of knowing I’m helping people is worth more than any paycheck. Check us out! www.visionliteracy.org. And DONATE! Money, time, publicity. We’ll take whatever you can give.
Job No. 4: Courthouse News – This is the one I started today. I will spend a whopping two hours a day in the San Jose federal courthouse scanning and deciphering all the civil cases filed each day. This one is where the real money is and I’m looking forward to the work. As a former legal secretary, this job combines all my law and journalism skills and I couldn’t be happier. Check out the stuff I’ll be doing at www.CourthouseNews.com.
So that’s what I do for a living.