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What's it really like trying to find work as a recent journalism graduate?

ImageThere used to be a perception that a university degree would result in a bright job future. You’d put in three or four years of hard work and be rewarded by open-armed employers ready to put your skills to use. Reality is much harsher than this and getting a full-time gig can be really, really challenging. Journalism students face a particularly uncertain future, with universities continuing to pump an oversupply of graduates into the job market. According to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, there are an estimated 10,000 journalists employed in Australia, with an estimated 6,000 of those in freelance, part-time or casual roles. Crikey found there were 1750 journalism students enrolled across each undergraduate year level in a one-year period, equalling 17.5 per cent of the industry in just one year’s supply of graduates.

9-year-old reporter breaks crime news, posts videos, fires back at critics

ImageReporter Hilde Kate Lysiak got the tip early Saturday afternoon that there was heavy police activity on Ninth Street. She hustled over with her pen and camera, as any good reporter would, and soon she posted something short online, beating all her competitors. Then, working the neighbors and the cops, she nailed down her scoop with a full-length story and this headline: "EXCLUSIVE: MURDER ON NINTH STREET!" The online story not only beat the local daily paper, but she also included a short video from the crime scene, assuring viewers that "I'm working hard on this investigation." Then Monday came and Hilde had to go back to third grade.

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