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Should Journalists Diversify or Pick a Beat?

Media veterans tackle the perennial issue and give tips on picking your niche

- August 23, 2011

So you wanna be a journalist?

Welcome to the craft, but wave toodle-loo to standard work hours. Deadlines will rule your world, a by-any-means-necessary attitude will drive your assignments, and you'll likely talk to editors more frequently than your chat with dear ol' mom. Brace yourself for an obsession with itty bitty details like word choice -- what would happen if you were just crazy enough to use "vermillion" instead of "crimson?" -- and oh, one more thing: you have to pick a niche to build your skills around. Then again, maybe not....

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