Reporter 101: Everyone Is Told They Suck Sometimes/Have A Goal

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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One Comment Add yours

  1. Yolanda says:

    Loved the headline because it is SO true. In this subjective business, everyone will be told at one time or another that they stink. In my case, a News Director in Lubbock said I sounded “too ethnic” to ever be an anchor. At the time I was young, completely crushed and thought his words had power. But I very soon realized that I couldn’t let his stupidity and ignorance control my destiny. Instead I would use it as *fuel* to prove him wrong. Nearly ten years later I have achieved every career goal of mine and yes that includes anchoring in big, competitive markets such as Miami. Your career goals will change from time to time..but make sure they change on your terms. Don’t pay any attention to those who aren’t supportive of you…even if it is a news director.

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