For the Love of Journalism
I want to be a journalist not for the glory of seeing my name in print and not for the money (because as we all know journalists aren't well paid), rather so I can open the eyes of this blind world.
I chose to be a journalist to do the little stories that really have an impact on many lives. I don't want to be the journalist who does all the big front-page stories just to get paid the big bucks because all the other journalists will do those stories. Those stories will get done. I want to do the little stories that everyone forgets about, the ones that really matter, the ones that will break your heart to know that this happens in our world even if I don't get paid the big bucks.
No one wants to write about the little things that happen. These are the stories that I live for. I can live happily on making little knowing that I have made a true difference, that I have helped someone. But I cannot live knowing that I have written just another story that will help no one gain anything, that it is the same story that is on every front page and headline news.
What is so special about writing about the famous people and their scandalous lives? Do they really need more attention? No they don't! The people who need the attention are those people who have no money to eat, those who don't have a roof over their heads, and those whose families are killed in bombings and those who die without a word. I wrote about a group who was saving up money to build schools in India. After I wrote that article, I was told that many people were educated about the cause and donated generously. I really felt like I did my part to help someone. Just maybe, because of my article, they were able to make an extra school or maybe they were able to hire an extra teacher or educate an extra student or buy one more book.
I don't want the glory of writing the front-page news. I don't want to interview selfish politicians. I don't want my family and friends to be proud of me for writing an article that is covered by every other newspaper and television newscast.
What I want is to make a difference in someone's life. After all, there is more to this world than just you and me.