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Is it worth pursuing a career in journalism?

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Friday, 25 March 2011 12:48
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Hi doc,
I work in engineering industry but never had a genuine interest in it. I have given it a few years already and have worked really hard and progression is not bad; but at the end of the day you got to listen to you heart and I am at the point that I am clear I don't have the passion nor the long term drive for it.

Journalism has been a long term interest but I have never taken it seriously. Many universities in HK have courses that appear to be really attractive on paper, and demand seems to high, with many applicants. Fortunately I have been offered a few places in journalism master degree courses. It's a bit of an awkward question to ask on a newspaper column, but what are the genuine prospects? I have heard some really negative things about the job, e.g. horrendous hours and minimal pay, etc. Also, the industry is on decline and the newspaper may no long exist in the future.

I don't want to offend anyone but I just want to have a realistic idea of the picture. The course brochures, unsurprisingly, sound a little biased making the degrees sound like the best in mankind's history. I am dying for impartial advice and was hoping you could help. Cheers doc!


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