What I mean is: anyone can be a journalist. Journalism as a course doesn't teach you anything special. I feel someone who studied literature probably could be a much better journalist. Also, anyone who can write well can be a journalist, provided that person has a chance.
disagree here. being a good journalist requires a)very fast learning ability b)great communication skills c)big pair of stones.
definitely not everyone is up for it. problem lies in the position of print media now-days that are loosing its commercial battle with cable tv and internet. so consequently the classic journo profession is slowly ceasing to exist, thus the impression everyone can do it.
Ray, I don't want to scare you, but the better you are the more enemies you'll have and it's possible you come to the point the influential people who used to help you will see you as a threat. People will talk shit about you behind your back or will demand sex from you (ok, maybe not from you) and when they close one of the papers due to the traditional media crisis (things moving to the internet) you may stay without a job even for a few months. I'm 23 and I've been writing for a living for the last 5 years. Been literally everywhere. I can't believe I was so naive and wanted to drop my law school for doing full time journalism because I was published and made money off it. No. You do need a second job, or do it like shotgun said. You'll also see how much independence it gives you - you'll never be forced to crawl in front of the editor or write the way somebody tells you to write. Gu makes a lot of sense with what he says. Journalists are the people who know nothing but must be ready to write about everything.
Anyway all the best for you.
very good post, I had similar experience in sense there are lots of scheming behind. kinda, being a journo is about information, and the 'closest' information is about your co-workers. so...
my benefit was this 'I dont really give a f... about that' attitude so plenny of people tried to suck up to me (which was kinda nice
). I also had a good crew around me and a great mentor. older guy who's been through a lot and showed me the 'ways'.
Ah, Ray about the sex part I mean that's what's usually happening to women, I didn't mean to sound harsh (maybe just wanted to achieve 2 meanings
). BTW I read your articles and I easily seen you wrote with passion (adding stats normally no one would bother to find hehe). Cheers mate.
yes, there is lots of sex in that business. big part of that 'behind the back' stuff is related to it.