Pop Culture Pet Peeve: It's not that easy to get a job as a journalist
News flash, aspiring journalists. It’s not as simple as Hollywood would have you believe to get a job in the field.
In Man of Steel, after working as a longshoreman and a bus boy, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) ends the film as a stringer for The Daily Planet.
Sure, maybe Lois Lane (Amy Adams) pulled a few strings. She is a Pulitzer Prize winner after all. In this economy, however, it takes more than a good connection — especially for someone who has no experience. What’s on his resume? Certainly no internships, paid or otherwise. Plus, he definitely doesn’t have any clips to share.
Man of Steel isn’t the only movie to make getting a job as a journalist look easy. According to The Devil Wears Prada, you’re only two quick interviews away from your first big break. Andy (Anne Hathaway) meets with Emily (Emily Blunt), then Miranda (Meryl Streep) and voila, she’s hired. A big company like Elias-Clarke would most certainly have at least a few rounds of HR discussions before an offer would be extended.
Movie magic would also have you believe that advancement comes quickly, too. Knocked Up‘s Alison (Katherine Heigl) works as a production assistant for E!. But the higher ups have noticed just how attractive she is, and poof! She’s on-camera talent now. Generally, anchors and reporters start off in small markets and work their way up to the big time.
And don’t get me started on how The Hills girls got their gigs at Teen Vogue.