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What I love about this profession

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Saw this list of 100 Things Completely Right About Our Job linked at MultimediaShooter. Though it’s aimed at photographers, I wanted to highlight 10 things on this list I totally agree with and love about this profession:

(I took the liberty of striking out a few photo references to make it more relevent to reporting in general.)

1. We could be sitting in a cubicle right now processing paperwork….for the rest of our lives.
14. Everyone has a story and they always want to tell it. All I have to do is ask.
30. History is made in front of me.
40. Every time you tell someone what you do, they NEVER say “Oh, man, that must suck.”
51. Having an excuse to approach a complete stranger and find out who they are. This is probably my favorite part.
54. Never waking up to the same two assignments, shooting the same damn thing, or meeting the same damn people.
59. Seeing your name in print. Does the coolness of this wear off?
69. Knowing that your photo story made a difference in someone’s life.
82. Knowing that somewhere in the country, you photo story has been made into a magnet on a grandmother’s refrigerator. Maybe not a magnet, but chances are it got cut out and is hanging below a magnet or in a scrapbook somewhere.
93. Walking out to the driveway at 7am to see your photo story on A1. Especially when you didn’t know it was slotted for that!

Go read the rest of the list, which was compiled by Chip Litherland of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

As the last line of the post says: The sky is not falling. Amen!

Letterman: Top 10 signs your newspaper is in trouble

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

In case you didn’t see this on David Letterman or linked at Romenesko.

Top 10 Signs Your Newspaper Is In Trouble

10. Covers all news that happens within one block of the office
9. Today’s exclusive — “Nixon Dead!”
8. Reporter sent to jail for refusing to divulge a source… Oh, and he also killed a dude
7. All horoscopes: “Now would be a good time to get out of the newspaper business”
6. Paper’s motto: “Suck it”
5. Every “hot” gossip item is about Jack Klugman
4. Managing editor and guy who wheels around breakfast? Same guy
3. Under “Weather,” it just reads “Yes”
2. Instead of “Garfield,” has a comic strip called “Garfunkel”
1. You endorsed Dennis Kucinich

(Bolded ones are my favorites.)

QOTD: No man is an island

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. … Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
— John Donne

(To read the full piece, go here. It’s one of my favorite essays-?-, and one of the many items I remember distinctly from my British literature class in 11th grade. Worth reading, even today.)