Being a journalist is a thankless job. It often seems like the only type of feedback reporters get are strongly-worded messages saying how terrible they are, or how biased the story is. But rarely do we hear a simple “thank you” for getting them the news they wanted to hear, for organizing and breaking down the facts so they don’t have to. So as you can imagine if being a journalist in the “real world” is this hard, being a student reporter is not for the faint-hearted. If you want to be taken seriously in the “real world” you have to start somewhere and take yourself seriously as a professional.