It's not easy. And even that's an understatement. Where on earth are you supposed to be able to DO the job BEFORE you get the job. In other words, with NO experience, you're supposed to perform as if you HAVE experience. Make any sense?
I'll tell you how I got my first "real" reporting job. I had done some work at NY1 as a cameraperson, meaning I would run around the 5 boroughs of NYC in a car with 50-plus pounds of camera equipment shooting VOSOTs and getting locator video.