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May 17, 2006


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This is not what you want to hear, but the longer I draw out the process of finishing my master's project at a highly regarded j-school, the more I realize that the graduate school thing is more about changing momentum than a direct financial gain. It may provide access to internships at higher-level places, which could later lead to a (better paying) job in a bigger market or you might get to work with a fave news org or well-connected faculty member on your research, etc. If you already had a toehold at a major news outlet, then I think an advanced degree in anything EXCEPT journalism would be better, unless your j-program was targeted at a reporting niche you know your employers value.


I thought that's how jobs worked? Three month probationary period and then at some places, a raise at the end of the probationary period.

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