Friday, March 22, 2013

A Cape & Tights?

Make a Difference

“This is my job. This is what I signed up for. And there’s nothing like it in the world. Newspaper journalism is not a route to a big paycheck and banker’s hours. It never has been and never will be. The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet and social media has nothing to do with that. . . .   

“If you’re looking for money or fame or easy hours, this was never the right job for you. The current throes of the business are not to blame for that.

“For me, newspaper journalism has always been about telling stories, about giving voice to corners of the community that have long been silenced, about crawling into the lives and shoes of other people and pulling back a curtain so our readers can get a glimpse of the world around them. . . . 

“It’s knowing that you can make a difference, even if that difference is nothing more than giving your audience a good five-minute read in the morning.”

—Monica Rhor, journalist, “Why I’ll never leave news,”
March 20, 2013

• Editorial Comment: Engage your curiosity, talk to people, help complete strangers, write and get paid (a little) for it, make a difference in people’s lives, do good and fight injustice. This job comes with everything but a cape and tights.

Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from 2-time Pulitzer winner William Henry III, accusing the press of arrogance? Click here

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