Young Journalists in a Cut-Throat World

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There’s yet another example of underpaid and undervalued journalists, this time from the campaign bus.

Budget cutbacks have filled these buses with fledging reporters, in contrast to the seasoned political journalists that once occupied those very seats. Mid twenty years old are jumping from their student newspapers to National Journals, hearing the cautionary tales of the cut-throat world of campaign reportage (stuff like: “Everything can and will be used against you”). The campaign trail is not for the faint of heart.


Sam Riley is an adult who works at McSweeney's. More from this author →