My First Paid Journalism Job

From Connecting, a daily newsletter written by Paul Stevens for current and former AP journalists:

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Ruth Gersh – My first “paid” — $35 a week! – job was at a weekly newspaper in Michigan, where we covered everything. Including weddings.  As a child of the counter-culture 60s, there hadn’t been any weddings among my cohort, and none within the family since I was an infant. I knew nothing. And so my first wedding story for the Mackinac Island Town Crier mixed up the fabric of the bride’s wedding dress and the flowers she carried. She carried organza and wore hydrangea. No story I wrote since then garnered as much displeasure as that one.