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Congratulations to this year's NASW Travel Fellows. These 10 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and educational institutions were selected by the NASW Education Committee to attend this year's AAAS annual meeting Feb. 16-20, in Boston. Each fellow will receive up to $1,000 to assist with travel. Fellows will each write a story for publication on the NASW website, and participate in the NASW mentoring program and NASW internship fair.

You might think that these would be hard times for recent journalism graduates, with the industry's constant churn, but Al Tompkins finds contrary evidence in interviews with graduating seniors: "Every student said they are well-aware that they won't make much money, at least for a while, and they are prepared to adjust their lives to that reality if they can be a journalist. Several said they grew up modestly, so not having much money would be no big adjustment."

Elite Truong offers advice for making the transition from full-time employment to freelancing: "Since freelancers don’t have a salary that includes annual pay and benefits, they need to charge what their time and experience is worth. Getting to your own baseline amount depends on many things. What is the estimated amount of effort, reporting and time that will go into this piece? How does that translate to your previous freelance experience, and how much is that worth?"

Gabriela Pereira writes that many writers who seek an MFA degree do so for the wrong reasons: "Most writers want an MFA for one of three reasons: They want to teach writing, they want to get published, or they want to make room in their life for writing. It turns out these reasons for doing an MFA are actually based on myths." He goes on to discuss what an MFA can really do for a writer, and how you can build a do-it-yourself MFA via reading, writing, and networking.