Put this on the list of things for me to re-read daily.
He is indeed a weird writer, but I love Murakami nonetheless. Writers that can create a sense of place and character, no matter their weird style of writing, are my favorites.
This story is really good, but this. This sentence. A town with 5 prisons. That’s chilling.
Anonymous said: Hi Kim! Sorry if this is coming from nowhere, but I'm an aspiring journalist -- I found your blog through Twitter where I follow many journalists for learning and inspiration. What advice would you give to someone who is passionate about journalism, but who is also scared of the seemingly unstable nature of it? My ultimate goal is to become a journalist, but I am also living on my own and need to pay bills. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Learn to pitch. Really really well.
Chances are, no matter if you end up with a FT job or not, you’ll have to freelance. The key to freelancing (and really the key to being a good beat reporter) is pitching. The only way to really learn is to pitch, a lot. Pitch stories to people, to publishers, to your friends. Get good at selling people on the hook and angle. It’ll help you no matter where you go.
Besides that, you have to ride the wave of change. Things will never be stable in journalism. If it’s not a scandal, it’s the business. It’s if not business, it’s a new platform. Something will always be new and that is the best part of this job, if you don’t let it weigh you down. If you’re the kind of person who wants monotony and for things to be very structured, this isn’t the field for you. If you want to do cool, random, new things and learn every day, then you’ll succeed.
Hope that helps!