Why I Love My Job
By Lynn Walsh
Over the years, conversations with friends and colleagues and listening to my parents friends and sometimes relatives gripe about their jobs, I have learned that a lot of people don’t like what they do. They’re working to make money to survive or they’re settling for something they fell into easily.
For those people that may be fine, but I know I would never be able to work somewhere and not love what I was doing.
As articles about how tough the news business is, pop up almost daily. As columns about how journalism is dying continue to be tweeted. And as year after year, survey after survey ranks “journalist” as one of the worst jobs a person could have, the Generation J committee has something to say: WE LOVE OUR JOBS!
Yes, I think our enthusiasm shines brightly in our blogs and our tweets daily and I like to think it’s just as contagious, this time we wanted to scream it and make sure every journalist and even those non-news people out there are hearing us loud and clear.
So, tomorrow will mark the beginning of a series of posts from Gen J committee members and young journalists working in news that will tell you why we love what we do.
These blogs will run right up to the start of the SPJ and RTDNA Excellence in Journalism Convention which begins September 19. The fun and love of journalism will continue at the convention where you can meet and mingle with the committee members and other young journalists who love their jobs.
At the convention the Gen J committee will be preventing several sessions, organizing a Night Out on the town with the SPJ South Florida Chapter and critiquing resumes for those interested. To see everything we have planned click here.
As chair of the committee and someone who speaks with a lot of my peers about the news business, I will say: there is a lot of passion for this business and we are not giving up on it anytime soon.
Also, we want to hear from you. Do you love your journalism job? Tell us about it! Tweet photos, videos, comments, etc. to @SPJGenerationJ and use #luvjourjob or leave comments below.
Lynn Walsh is head of the SPJ Generation J Committee. She works for WPTV-TV as an Investigative Producer in West Palm Beach, Florida. Connect with her on Twitter, @LWalsh or shoot her an email: Lynn.K.Walsh@gmail.com.
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