Advice from Liem Vu

If you want stability and cash money, don’t go into journalism. I’ve seen many first-year journalism students go through j-school only to leave later on because they have some lofty dream about being the next ‘Silver Fox’ or celebrity anchor.

Whether you’re pursuing print or broadcast, journalism is a competitive field that can leave you psychologically and physically burnt out. But at the same time, it is the most rewarding.

I worked for nearly four years before I even saw a paycheque for my journalistic output. It was my affinity for storytelling and writing that kept me going. Being a working journalist is a tough dream, but it’s an achievable one.

So to all you cub reporters, go out there and build your street cred. Volunteer for the school paper, seek out internships (even if they’re unpaid), hone your craft, learn about multimedia, and read.

Dream big, start small, and maybe one day, you can work for The New York Times.

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