DON’T expect to start out in the big city. Sure, it would be nice to be in New York right from the get-go, but cities like New York, Chicago or Washington are where journalists with decades of experience strive to be, and as a newbie you just can’t compete with that.
And if you’re determined to be in the big city no matter what, that just shows you’re more interested in city life than in the craft of journalism. Editors can smell that kind of thinking from a mile away. So instead of New York or LA, expect to start out in a small town somewhere.