What's the best way to break into the field of journalism if one doesn't have prior work experience?

Since college, I've held down primarily paralegal jobs. Recently, I took an assesment test and found out I would be happier as a journalist. I've rec'd compliments from friends in the past about my writing style and was suggested to check out an occupation as a writer. What's the best way to enter this arena? I'm not overly picky about my first job.. it doesn't have to be for a major publication.

Asked By: StarNY - 6/11/2006
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Start your own website or blog with you writing skills. Work for
Answered By: internet browser - 6/11/2006
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shove books up ur @ss
Answered By: david_boldo3 - 6/11/2006
Answered By: taytay - 6/11/2006
submit to all local free weekly papers get a grunt job or any job p.t. at a paper basically,get noticed
Answered By: ohm'slaw - 6/11/2006
Join the communist party. Only communists are hired in journalism these days.
Answered By: Panacea - 6/11/2006
Answered By: bretinkorea - 6/11/2006
Start with small local type organizations even if it is a neighborhood thing. Get a good or be a good photographer. Even work for free if need be until you build experience and a reputation. Save all of your writings and dates published. Do interviews if possible. Don't be afraid to tackle sensitive issues.
Answered By: jdc6733 - 6/11/2006
You'll need to try to get on with a smaller paper in a small town and work up from there unless you have friends in the business that can get you on with a larger paper. There are thousands of people wanting the job and very few openings, so you'll need to amass a portfolio... More
Answered By: PuterPrsn - 6/11/2006
I'm glad you are not "overly picky" about your first's not easy to break into journalism... More
Answered By: MadforMAC - 6/11/2006
Start immediately by writing. You can work another job while writing columns part time for various newspapers... More
Answered By: danuitti - 6/11/2006
the smaller papers are easiest. you might also offer to do free columns. or do photo articles and send the to the major publications. you might get lots sf rejections, but when they accept you article they pay.
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