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Anchor learns to find joy in new dream

Special to The China Post--Despite the glamour of being among National Taiwan University's "five divas," Joy Wu (吳依潔) 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.

Sharing a habit with many other successful people, Wu also believes that whoever pays her to do her job has the right to tell her what to do. "It is not a sign of weakness, but of strength and a good work ethic."

Wu's hard work soon paid off with her quick promotion to anchor and now, though still only a sophomore in terms of experience, Wu has already become a favorite in the business. Humble, yet still motivated, Wu said she wants to one day become an "irreplaceable" news anchor.

Asked what she means by "irreplaceable," Wu's replied that she had always been at the top of her class over her entire academic life until entering NTU, Taiwan's top-rated college. There she found more interest in life away from her books.

"I am an ambitious and confident person, and in evolutionary society a person with these traits is sometimes ill-received. But I want everyone to know that as long as you try hard and have fortitude, being irreplaceable is just showing the world the difference you can bring. We are all meant to shine, as children do."

This sense of responsibility is also present in how Wu sees her role as a journalist and broadcaster.

"The current news environment in Taiwan regarding its news selection and professionalism has room for improvement. I hope I can join the news revolution team.

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