When I was in college, falling in love with journalism, I *knew* I'd have to also love politics. Looking back, surprisingly, it wasn't something that came naturally! That's right, I actually had to force the political news down. It overwhelmed me. It didn't really interest me because I figured all politicians were just scum.
Attention Future Journalists: Minior in Economics!
The more I read and watched about politics... it really grew on me! Now, I'm a bona fide political junkie! That's why it's so much fun for me to work in Washington - because even when I wasn't working in Washington, I was still following these cats closely. And when I worked in local news, I loved the local politics and state politics, too. Well, more so in Virginia. I didn't really live in Pennsylvania long enough to connect with the State Legislature there.
Now.... with all of the issues with the economy going on... I feel myself falling again! Yes, that's right. I am really getting into the economy. I wish I would have minored in Economics or something, though, because I've had to learn so much of the basics on the job! I realized yesterday that the whole Bear Stearns thing was A YEAR AGO! No wonder I'm down with the day-to-day Wall Street numbers, weekly unemployment figures and the latest consumer confidence polls! I've been on my little economic learning curve for an entire year! Wow.
I do wish someone would have told be back in like 1998 that the world was going to be in economic crisis in 10 years so I could have majored in economics and I could have been more prepared! So, journalism majors - since these things apparently go in cycles - trust me - at least minor in economics. While you're at it, go ahead and take a class or two in statistics, too. They are kicking my butt right now!