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Do you like your job?

November 14, 2013 - Meg Alexander
It's a question I hear pretty regularly: "Do you like your job?"

My answer, on most days, is "Most days."

Being a reporter is never boring ... although that's not entirely true. Some things are more interesting than others, but so long as my subject is truly interested in whatever the story is about, my goal is to share that interest with my readers. Even if the subject is someone who's passionate about watching grass grow — how interesting is it that someone would find something like that interesting, and how challenging is it to me as a writer to convey that?!?

I'm a fairly shy person, you might even say I'm a bit awkward in some social settings, but that's one of the reasons I actually enjoy my job. It gives me an excuse to get to know people and ask questions I ordinarily wouldn't think of asking.

Another reason my job is pretty great was illustrated today, when I met three dog lovers for an interview, and then went for a short walk with them through a park in Fairmont. (You'll read about that story soon in the Sentinel.) The sun was setting over George Lake; the dogs were in silly, joyous bliss at being outside; and their owners were as fun and entertaining as their canine charges. What a great way to spend a bit of my day — and I got paid to do it.

All that said, being a reporter isn’t for everyone. The hours are erratic, and your skin had better be tough. There are days your heart could break, having to write some of the stories you have to write, and it could break when people assume you get your kicks off of writing those stories, and it could break when you make a mistake in a story read by thousands of people, and it could break when one of those mistakes inadvertently hurts someone or multiple someones.

When you do have a tough day or a tough week, and those days and weeks are inevitable, that’s when you have to be especially grateful for nice people, funny dogs, and gorgeous sunsets.


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