Journalism. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.
I worked for Associated Press for four years as an assistant and saw firsthand what a sh*t job reporting was. I worked long hours for little money until I could prove I was good enough to cut my teeth on something bigger, like a book review or art exhibition. It takes years to be able to write or edit hard news. And, news organizations want you to get your experience someplace else and then come back a “seasoned” reporter. In the end, I don’t enjoy writing on deadlines, but I have immense respect for those who do.
Also, I was amazed at how many details are left out of story. Real life can be too gruesome for the average reader. And the photos … don’t get me started on the photos.
At the time, I didn’t feel I was ready for journalism; it’s something I may try in the future, however. I still don’t like deadlines, but I’m better about meeting them. In addition to writing and editing for a living, blogging gives me the same feeling as reporting. Telling a story. Getting all the facts. Putting the words together. Communication. That’s what I enjoy the most.
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