Notes from a Would Have Been, Could Have Been Journalist →

Via bennettgavrish:

In a couple of weeks, I’ll walk across a stage and receive a piece of paper that tells me I have the right to become a professional journalist and begin a straight path toward poverty, depression and overall self-hatred…

…It wasn’t difficult to realize I needed to stay far away from the newspaper industry. When you see your professors lose their jobs and your internship supervisor tells you to find another career, you’d be a fool to stick around. Just last week, as my final journalism class wrapped up, a guest lecturer told us that if we somehow managed to find a job, entry-level print reporters could look forward to a $20,000 salary with minimal benefits. Now that’s the kind of inspiration that a group of college graduates needs!

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