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It's not a career, it's a way of life

October 23, 2013 - Jodelle Greiner
Nobody tells kids that when you choose a career, what you’re actually choosing is a way of life.

Take for instance, journalism. It didn’t take me long to realize that being a reporter was about more than writing up meetings and feature articles.

I remember early in my career, I was working in a small town and I covered everything, from meetings to foreign exchange students. But I did get time off and there were some fun things to do, like attend parades. The problem was every time I went somewhere, people would ask, “Where’s your camera? Where’s your notebook? Why aren’t you covering this?” It got to the point where if I wanted to enjoy myself, I’d have to go out of town.

I remember a few years later, when I was a sports editor, I was with a bunch of other women — I wasn’t working, I wasn’t interviewing anyone. One of the women was talking about a local school athlete. Every couple of minutes, she’d turn to me and say, “That’s not for print.” That’s a favorite phrase folks seem to think is mandatory to say around reporters, whether we’re working or not.

I’ve never worked in any other profession, but I’ve heard of doctors being way-laid at parties by people describing their ailments and wanting a diagnosis. I can only imagine it’s the same way for other professions, as well.

Yes, some professionals can be called into service on a moment’s notice, but they are first and foremost people with lives and families. Sometimes we just want to enjoy a community event or learn a new hobby or just getting a break from the job. We want to be recognized as PEOPLE, not just the jobs we do.


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