Today’s newsroom job requirements would probably give Edward R. Murrow heartburn.

I imagine the legendary CBS reporter fiddling with tweets. Posting to Facebook to drum up news sources? Using his cell phone to record live events to go with his daily on Senator Joe McCarthy? Streaming a focus group debating subversive communists, as an audience simultaneously weighs in.

It would be interesting to sit around the office while he smoked and chatted about covering the news in the good old days during World War II. I’d like to hear him compare it to the technology-fueled world muckrakers work in now.

Heck, when I started in newspapers at the Tucson Citizen in 1986, we had no clue about the World Wide Web or how it would change our jobs. Wi-Fi? Huh?

It took us a while to get used to the TRS-80s our editors gave us to cover stories out of town. We would have to send our copy over a beeping, cackling phone line. You were happy to hear the tone signaling a connection and even happier when your sacred words actually made their way to some editor.

Lots of days, we would just have to call in a story. Tandy’s new-fangled contraption, which we kindly referred to as “Trash 80s,” would often frustrate us.

The hand-sized screen on the heavy, dictionary-sized computer showed you five dot matrix lines at a time. About three stories would soak up all the memory.

About that time, our editors would even issue us a cell phone the size of a squirrel and weight of an elephant. It was super convenient to hold, while you juggled a notepad and pen to scribble down quotes at a press conference.

I try to keep up with this new-fangled stuff. Truthfully, I’m not sure I would know how to act without all the new apps and tools.

I probably would be one of the 32,000 newspaper newsroom employees who have lost their jobs over the last decade. Instead, I would be sitting home in my pajamas like 32 million others blogging about living the American dream.

Good night, and good luck.

Duwayne Escobedo covers Santa Rosa County for the Daily News. You can contact him at 850-315-4489 in Fort Walton Beach, on his cell phone at 850-255-1484 or email him at