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Despite challenges in the journalism industry, young journalists still dream of pursuing a career in journalism driven by a commitment to seeking and reporting the truth. However, many face difficulties in breaking into the industry, with few opportunities for stable and well-paying jobs.
"But I understand my circumstances are rare in an industry where opportunities for young people to land an entry-level job in journalism are increasingly rare."
To understand the current realities of being an early-career journalist, the author spoke to 10 emerging journalists from different regions. They discussed the hurdles they face in an increasingly challenging labor market. The struggles they shared revolved around five common themes.
"I've grouped their struggles into five common themes and left the organizations they mentioned unnamed so this piece doesn't have a negative impact on their careers."