Times are tough in the regional press and it’s a constant gripe among the rank and file that wages are low.
So no-one can blame Salford Advertiser reporter Pamela Welsh for trying her hand at winning some extra PIN money by appearing on the BBC quiz show The Weakest Link.
Screened this week, it showed a confident Pamela burst her way through the early rounds and into the final three.
She even took time out to engage in some toe-to-toe verbal pugilism with host Anne Robinson about, among others things, crime reporting in Salford and her red dress.
Check out the show on the BBC iPlayer and skip to six minutes in to watch the fireworks fly.
But sadly for Pamela she was voted off by her two male co-contestants despite answering all her questions correctly in her final round and therefore being the strongest link.
As with all contestants, the Cambridge University graduate was able to comment on her eviction and Weakest Link experience.
She concluded: "I think what I’ll take away from The Weakest Link is Anne’s dress sense. I think it’ll give me a real edge on the other journalists on my patch and make me harder and tougher and a bit like Anne herself."
Had Pamela won, she would have pocketed a cool £3,250. Shame!!