Gawker provides the break down of the various avenues aspiring journalists have. And it isn’t pretty. Here’s a sample:
Ehhh. Lots of alt-weeklies slaughtered their staffs in the past year
or so, too. A job at an alt-weekly is a good way to break into
journalism and get some clips. If you want to build a career at an
alt-weekly, make sure the owner’s not crazy, the publisher’s not a
stingy bastard, and the editor is entrenched enough not to get deposed
(along with you) at the first sign of trouble. That’s maybe, what, five
alt-weeklies in America? Good place to write angry essays, though.
I’m still fairly optimistic that newspapers, online publications and advertisers will forge a new, sustainable model for journalism. After all, without serious journalism, we cease to be a functioning society. And as long as people care about it, a we will find a way. But for now, as much as it pains me to say, if you’re a recent grad student or in college, journalism is probably the last thing your want to think about.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.