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Journalism, should we stay or should we go?

As a senior in college looking towards graduation in a few short weeks, I have a few decisions to make. How to study for all my exams is one, but the more pressing question is what and where will I be working once I walk across the stage. I have worked for a newspaper and done an internship. These sound like good things in theory that would get me a job, but I have a sinking feeling that it will take a lot more than that to get the job that I actually want. I have a friend from working on the campus newspaper who recently blogged about how she is leaving Journalism. She graduated last December, and immediately began working for a small local paper. I would see posts on Facebook from her periodically, and it sounded like she was loving her job…. at first. Then she posted last week about how just after a year, she was burned out from Journalism and was planning to leave the small paper for a large PR firm in Atlanta. Most of the people I have come in contact with in the Journalism department have worked for a newspaper at one point or another, and have said it is a great start to get your foot in the door. But now, I don’t know if I even want to start there. I may be getting a Journalism degree, but I am wondering whether it is even feasible to start out using it right away or if newspapers are even the right fit for me. I have big dreams that involve living in New York City and writing. But what am I going to have to do to get there is the biggest question right now. I love Journalism, and I love writing, but it may be awhile til I can make money at it.

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