i'm thinking of going into journalism and start by working for a local newspaper. thing is, i have practically nothing as far as writing is concerned. i like to write, sure. i wrote stories when i was younger (who doesn't?), my seventh-grader teacher complimented me on my writing assignments, in high school my essay (which i am too embarrassed to have written because it was really bad, content-wise) was included in a classroom publication, and i got a's in my english classes. but other than the usual stuff, i can't really brag about being a writer. what do people generally look for when they're hiring journalist-wannabes anyway? the articles in the few local magazines i've read were, frankly, poorly written. i don't think the writers (like me) ever had any official training in journalism either. also, are there any websites where i can get a reality check before i get all excited about working for a newspaper or magazine? i've been reading a few books on newswriting, but mostly they're the stuff i already knew. yeah, i know this message got a little long and rambling. thanks for reading, and more thanks for answering.