Who gets to be a journalist if breaking in depends on money and class?

A Guardian journalist tells her tale of breaking into journalism, thanks to a surprise inheritance that allowed her to take low-paying jobs and unpaid internships.

"I only got into journalism thanks to a surprise inheritance – I'd struggled for years with low-paid jobs as I couldn't afford an internship," writes Alexandra Kimball in the Guardian. "When I was struggling, I suspected that my failure was due to lack of funds. I'd transcended my blue-collar roots, I thought: I'd been to university; I didn't work, as my mother might say, "with my hands". And I blamed myself. I told myself I wasn't trying hard enough, that I was too impatient. I saw this in my failure to pound out essays after long days at work, and in my weird, jagged career trajectory."

How did you break into journalism? Could a young person today follow your footsteps?

Dealing with the same issue

I graduated from college with a degree in international relations and a minor in political science. Since my junior/senior year of college, I would write daily articles on my blog dealing with politics, philosophy, social, and economic issues.

Since I graduated, my main focus was finding employment since I had student loans to pay and no financial support from family. After three years of working in offices not related to what I want from my career, I've decided that enough is enough. I would love to go into international journalism, but I have bills to pay back and no time for unpaid internships. I'm at a standstill at this point and am not sure what my options are at this point.

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