Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Journalism Field: Enter at Your Own Risk?

Young journalists these days are frustrated, very frustrated. I know how they feel. Last year I lost my job in New York to “restructuring” Now I’m happily employed here at ideastream but it wasn’t easy finding a new gig. For a while, I even considered going over to “the dark side…public relations. And to think—I spent all that money on an expensive graduate degree.

But– despite my setbacks – I’m still in the field. Elias Okach hasn’t been so lucky. A native of Kenya, he dreamed of a career as a muckraking journalist. He did some freelance work for the L.A. Times and attended Columbia’s prized graduate school of journalism. He graduated in 2005 and has yet to get a job as a reporter.


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