From Columbia Journalism Review on what freelance photographers face:
“Places that are trying to put up a slideshow that you almost got killed for and worked on for 3 years, for $1,500, which at the end of the day it’s just not a fair value of the work.”
This is a great article for a little bit of honesty in an industry filled with follow-your-passion nonsense.
Yes, it's possible to make a living as a professional photojournalist. Some make a good living. But, it's much harder than most will tell you. After all, if you knew the truth, you'd be less likely to buy more equipment or services to chase a passion.