The best advice for young journalists is to focus on the work, not the outlet

Felix Salmon wrote advice yesterday for young journalists that drew the ire of many journalists because it largely discouraged them from entering journalism; Ezra Klein responded with a list of advice to young journalists that he tweeted as being “less depressing.” Klein describes the opportunity new media outlets offer, and among his list of tips (some debatable), he encourages young journalists to try to do the kinds of work they’d do in their dream job and “trade prestige for opportunity.” “When Slate goes to hire its next economy writer, it’s going to look first to people who have done some excellent economic writing,” writes Klein. “It will hire — as happened — someone like Matt Yglesias or Annie Lowrey or Jordan Weissmann, all of whom were showing themselves to be ace economic writers at smaller outlets and in the blogosphere.”

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