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I was first attracted to journalism because I didn’t want to be stuck in a nine to five job. Emily Rubens a correspondent for the BBC described her job as “busy” and “hectic” often due to the “stress of deadlines and a broken coffee machine” (Rubens). I first started working for my high school newspaper, it was such a large school that I got lost in the mess of other freshman contributing writers and most of my work was edited or never published at all. When I switched schools however I soon found a small team of other aspiring journalists and together we would sit in a crammed room with donuts for hours reaming out our school news. Thin computer sheets filled with news of soccer games and teacher pregnancies, bad weather and a bike accident. I was soon editor of the newspaper, a small staff of freshman writers where now mine to edit and decide if there work was good for publishing. In the summer before my senior year I traveled to London to study print journalism with other students. This experience changed my life because it solidified by choice to become a journalist.
Once I knew that I wanted to become a journalist it was difficult to know where to start. Many question if journalism is a profession at all, its not like construction work in which houses are the product. A newspaper is a written page about what has happened nothing more. The average reading level of an accredited newspaper is for high school freshman (FOJ). With writing at that level it is the simplicity that is a skill not the writing itself.
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