Putting a fledgling journalism career on hold and coming back to it later?
August 8, 2014 12:09 AM Subscribe
How do I stay in touch with journalism in a meaningful way while pursuing an athletic career for the next 4-5 years—or longer? And once that's over, how do I re-enter the field? My background is in news journalism.
posted by Chutzler to Work & Money (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
To be clear, I think journalism’s great, and I see it being what I want to do later in life (mainly photo and/or longform print). But I’m 25, and if I don’t do go all-in on this athletic pursuit now, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. I’ve already been pretending for the last six years like I haven’t wanted to do this, and that shit just doesn’t work.
Given the effort journalism tends to demand, and that my life is already starting to revolve around my new reality, I don't see it being realistic for me to pursue both at the same time—hence the question.
To illustrate the journalistic position I’m in now, it’s fair to say that I was a good collegiate journalist: I quickly made it to the editorial staff of my paper, won state-level awards, etc. That was this last academic year, and now I’m working a prestigious journalism internship that, upon completion in late September, will see me putting my notebook away for a while. So at this point, I'll have a good track record and good clips when I make the leap.
I'm looking into doing freelance editing work which, while not easy, will at least allow me to stay in touch with written words while making a few bucks between my other obligations. While dabbling in journalism or blogging related to my sport might make sense, I've really got less than zero interest in sports journalism. I could live with it for a while if I had to, but for drill I'd like to pretend it's not an option.
Is there a good way to do this?
And as far as this decision is concerned, it’s made, done, finito. I know it seems like a harebrained move, but I'm not new to this sport, I've been very fortunate in going after it this time with the support of my family and friends, and I've got a realistic shot at getting somewhere with it. I’m giving myself until I turn 29, at which point I’ll evaluate my progress and consider my next move.