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“So, you like know everything that’s going on?”

That’s what my roommate asked me today.

I told her that yes, in a way, I know most of what’s going on before other people. That’s my job. I know when an accident occurs or a robbery is reported, I know what stories will run in the next day’s paper, and I usually know what they’ll say before I read them.

Reporters are definitely more in-tune with a community than probably any other people — including probably people like the mayor and police chief. You’re on the ground level talking to people making news and others affected by news. You see the good and bad in people. And part of your job is making connections between the different events and people and analyzing what you find.

Plus, knowing eveything that’s going on is afterall one of the best things about being a reporter. You know things nobody else does. It’s one of those things we take for granted. But my roommate was seriously like, “Wow. Do you ever just sit there and listen to everything that’s going on.” My answer was, I pretty much hear it all even if I’m not paying attention. You know, like the mom who knows when you’re fighting with your sibling even though she’s across the house on another level. But I told her, I’m usually too busy to sit there and just listen. I’d rather be finding out something new. :)

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