Why I Love Journalism
When it comes down to it, I love journalism because no two days are ever the same. As a journalist, you wake up every day not knowing what the day will bring, but you know it will be interesting. I am not the type of person who can sit in a cubicle all day, every day and partake in a monotonous life.
I get bored easily. Very easily.
After I decided that marine biology was not for me (it is not as glamorous at TV and movies make it out to be, trust me), I thought about what would interest me. After some careful thought (and a few beers), I decided on journalism and haven’t regretted the choice.
Journalism allows us to interact with everyday people in a different way than others can. We get to learn things and get access to things other people working normal jobs can never dream of. As a journalist, you get to talk to the movers and shakers that normal people only get to see on television or read about in your articles. Journalism is the dream job of the curious.
As I learned in my journalism classes in college, there are stories everywhere you look, you just have to know how to spot them. You have to be curious and inquisitive and as someone who looks for the meaning behind things, journalism is the perfect outlet for me.
Being in SPJ is great because professionals are always more than willing to share their experiences with students. Talking to various professionals, I often hear that one good thing about being a journalist is that when they go to social functions, they are often the most interesting person there.
And when people label you as an “interesting” person, then you know you have something going for you.
As a student who is about to graduate and is currently looking for a job, I know how difficult it can be to keep your enthusiasm while trying to find a good job, but you just have to keep trying. Do things like write a blog or try to find a freelancing gig to keep your skills sharp. Because once you find that right job for you, then you can turn that passion and curiosity into a paycheck.
And a paycheck always helps, because where else can you get paid for being curious?
Ryan Broussard is currently on his M.S. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Journalism at UL Lafayette. He graduated from UL Lafayette in Spring of 2009 with his B.A. in Mass Communication. He currently works as a freelancer covering high school sports for The Opelousas Daily World.
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