How totally impossible would it be these days (or in the next few years) to get a decent job as a music journalist type thing? Trying to gauge whether or not to SHOOT FOR THA STARS.
i can actually answer this, though not in specific terms. It depends what you want to do, magazines and newspapers etc., are always looking for reviewers for albums and concerts. It shouldn't be too difficult to find a placement considering the vast number of publications out there, but the pay..... Moving right along, if you are looking to be a profiler a la Rolling Stone, this field is highly competitive for obvious reasons. The upside is though, it is not always about pedigree, a lot of writers for Rolling Stone do not have traditional journalistic training. Instead, they have good voices and are almost always personable. So you don't have to have an expensive degree to get that job, but it couldn't hurt. But, the future is in blogs and websites like this. Bands are finding it easier to let fans in at their level rather than through a mediator like a journalist, who could mince and twist words. Look at the exclusives that AP.net or Property of Zach get.
Sorry for the long reply but getting a "decent" position is going to be very competitive but not impossible. But I would suggest starting a blog on your own.