Friday, April 18, 2008

What Daily Journalists Are Like

What Daily Journalists Are Like

We're a tough, hard, cynical, skeptical bunch. Our motto: Listen to all, trust no one. Read everything, believe nothing.

We dig and dig and dig every day, Googling like mad and pounding the pavement. In the end, relentlessness and footwork wins the war.

We write mostly with our hearts beating like crazy, write sometimes without really thinking, write glancing every minute or so at our watch.

We write whether we want to or not, can't wait for inspiration. Deadlines rule!

We have little or no time to polish. We go with our gut, give it the once over, then, grudgingly, rely on the man or woman in the slot to provide a safety net.

We finish one story and we're immediately onto another.

We live for the adrenaline rush and getting the job done right and the occasional scoop and, if we're especially lucky, a good night's sleep.

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