It’s competitive to get a job, especially now that there are fewer of them. It’s competitive to keep the job you have and much more so to move up. It’s performance based. On TV, you need ratings and major “gets.” In print, you need big ideas, good relationships and solid writing. Online, you need traffic, social media audience and compelling work. You need to bleed story ideas and execute them well. It’s hard to sustain, but it’s possible.

Jenna Goudreau of Forbes advises aspiring journalists. Of any age.
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