Tips for young writers, and so many questions.
Paul raises some excellent points about what employers look for in new recruits in the journalism/publishing arena. You need to be young, tech-savvy, self-taught and ambitious. (You still, of course, need to be able to write too.)
However, his statement “That’s why I tell students that the only clips I want to see are the ones they were paid for. Nothing tells me that a writer has value like that fact that someone “valued” his writing” reminds me of that catch-22 merry-go-round many students get stuck on. How do you get experience if no one will take a chance and give you that first experience? How do you get that first pay cheque for your writing, when you’ve never been paid for your writing before? Why should it be that payment is the only indication someone values your writing? How do you get an employer to notice you, if they aren’t reading your resumes and school newspaper clippings?
Have any of you young writers encountered this kind of attitude when applying for writing jobs?