Joshua Rozenberg, Britain's best-known law commentator, says his advice to anyone wanting to be a journalist is "don't".
Rozenberg, writing on the Legal Cheek blog, says: "If I had known the state that journalism was going to be in now, I
would still have devoted the best part of 40 years to it. But I would
certainly not advise anyone to go in for it now.
"As a job, it looks very easy: just listen to what someone has to say
and summarise it. As a job it is very easy, which is why so many people
go into journalism when they have nothing better to do.
now, though, is getting a job in journalism. With newspapers in rapid
decline and the electronic media paying little or nothing to
contributors, the chances of making a living out of it – unless you
started when I did – are vanishingly small.
"So my advice for anyone seeking to follow in my footsteps is: don’t."
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