Wasn’t sure what to call this post, but in the end, I think you’ll see both headlines work.
As I’m writing this, I am facing a big career decision. I can’t talk much about it, but all I can do is think about it. And the question that keeps coming up is: Will this new path deliver me to my goal? I have to admit, over the years in this business, my goals have changed. I started out wanting to be a lifestyle reporter. Then, I did my first hard news story, and I was hooked. I redefined my goal soon after. I wanted to be a local reporter in NYC. Eight years after getting into this business, I accomplished that. And now, it’s time to reinvent. Again, I can’t say more than that, but this new direction, plus a conversation I had recently with a new reporter just starting out, got me to thinking: Does every reporter have a career goal? Does this goal define your decisions? Or do you just not think about it?
Reporters, please share. You can do so anonymously, if you like. I find that hearing about other’s trials, tribulations and successes in this business reassures us all. Everyone faces challenges. I share many of mine with the many 1st and 2nd year reporters I mentor. And if they can see that this number one market reporter was once told her voice sucked (it did) or that a white reporter will never make it to NYC (she did) then, it puts things into perspective. And yes, I was told those two things.
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