Tuesday, 14 December 2010

So you want to be a journalist?

Today my fellow journalism friend sent me a funny video making fun of the career of an aspiring journalist.

Now of course this was a bit of an exaggeration, but I couldn't help but wonder a little bit about my career.  

I have always known that many, many journalists struggle with finding jobs after graduating from post-secondary education.  However, I always thought that if I tried really, really hard, I would be able to get by.

Now of course that would be the case for every single career but I always fear that my voice wouldn't be heard. That I, would not be able to make a difference in the world. 

And then there's the money factor which worries me a teeny bit about not being able to afford my own home and enough money to raise a family. I mean, I don't want to be 30 and living at home with my parents.

It would not be ideal for me to live the hermit life behind the computer screen in my parents' basement.  Already, living at home and not being to get into residence is making me feel this way.

But maybe I should stop worrying, because I'm only 18 and there is much to come in my future.  Instead, I should really study for French, and prepare for this presentation I have to do in front of high school students tomorrow.

And besides,perhaps if I can't get by with what I'm doing, maybe I can just marry a rich man. I mean, I'm charming right??

Just kidding. 
Though one thing is for sure, I will try not to fit into the above stereotype of the poor little piggie who wants to be a journalist.


  1. I'm also studying Journalism in college in hopes of working for a magazine. Honestly, everything about this video is correct with a few exaggerations. But for the most part, it's absolutely right. The print business is dying. You just have to be determined, hardworking, and ambitious. Wanting to be a journalist will get you nowhere, doing the work, writing stories for nothing, and staying driven and determined will get you a career in journalism.

    Good luck with everything! We are in the same boat! haha


  2. I changed my mind so many times. Biology/Pre-Med to Journalism and finally deciding on Apparel Studies and Journalism minor. I kind of freaked out on what I was actually going to do , but don't give up. Keep writing until it's not fun anymore. As for your French presentation--bonne chance!

    p.s. Thanks for your comment :)