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Re: “Is it safe to send your child to journalism school?

I am the trust fund-less 20-something that majored in journalism at a private institution. I have an outrageous amount of student loans. I was fortunate enough to land a great reporting job after graduation - and then the loan payments came due. I couldn't afford my basic bills (not anything luxury, I'm talking rent, utilities, groceries and loan payments) so I took a job at a nonprofit.

I'm definitely not swimming in money, but I am making more. I still miss reporting every day, especially when I'm trapped at a desk and start reminiscing about setting out for the day without a story idea and coming back with a pad thick with notes. My next job will likely be in corporate communications or PR. I have been finding that the corporate world loves strong J-school grads - I am complimented nearly every day on my writing skills, ability to think analytically and curiosity. I possessed those qualities with or without J-school, but my university education certainly helped me hone them. If I ever get stable enough that I don't have to pour every dollar into paying stuff off, I'm going to try to go back to the world of reporting.

Posted by lrees on 06/07/2011 at 12:57 PM

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