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?