Newspaper article China Post

Anchor Learns to Find Joy in New Dream

Newspaper article China Post

Anchor Learns to Find Joy in New Dream

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Special to The China Post--Despite the glamour of being among National Taiwan University's "five divas," Joy Wu ([...]) forsook what looked set to be an easy ride to a career in entertainment, deciding instead to pursue professional journalism.

Wu is happy to talk about how her father influenced her decision, saying that there is no overstating the importance of a family's understanding and support when making such life choices.

Beneath Wu's delicate appearance is a strong-willed drive to succeed, one that doesn't give up without a fight. "The key to success, not only in journalism but in any career, is perseverance. It is cast in concrete, carved in granite and etched in stone," Wu told The China Post.

For most of Wu's life, journalism was never her dream career. She wanted to be a theater light board operator. But, thanks to some stern "suggestions" from her father about the job, Wu reconsidered her future. Now, years later, she has risen through the TV news world to host her own midnight news program watched by tens of thousands of people.

Even though she admits that journalism is not her dream job, Wu sees herself as challenging the accepted wisdom that you have to love a profession in order to do it well. Indeed, she has proven that it is possible to learn a profession, do it well and fall in love with it in the process.

Wu began her journalism career three years ago as a political reporter, a position she served in for two years before becoming an anchor. Making her way up the ranks was an uphill battle, Wu said, and expressed thanks to everyone who helped her along during the journey.

She recalled the days when she first started as a junior reporter and was under constant pressure from her news editor to stay on top of the latest news and secure exclusive scoops. Wu said she was unprepared for the traditional communication style between a junior reporter and a senior editor - "yelling and screaming."

During these ordeals, though Wu was crying a thousand rivers inside, she never shed a tear in front of anyone. "This is when you have to suck it up, and push" through the hard part, she explained. …

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