I’d suggest to them that they look into doing journalism in some kind of way, maybe part-time, or even in setting up blogs, and if willing, to be a freelancer. You’re not going to be able to do the deep investigative stories, because if you’re also working another full-time job, you simply don’t have the time. But if you get creative, doing this on the side can lead you to other things.

A whole generation of journalists is going to be absorbed into other fields. I don’t like it, but that’s just reality. I do a lot of other things, but I’m still producing independent bohemian journalism. But I know that’s not for everyone. Some are going to leave Cleveland—they’re going to have to, especially those higher-profiled people, like the group associated with the Save the Plain Dealer campaign. They could parlay their work there into other jobs. They of all people will have an easier time landing on their feet.

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Anna Clark is CJR's correspondent for Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. A 2011 Fulbright fellow, Clark has written for The Guardian, Grantland, and Salon; blogs at Isak; and can be found on Twitter @annaleighclark. She lives in Detroit.