“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”
— Tom Stoppard
When bad things happen in the world, I usually get angry enough to have pretty strong opinions about them. I started pouring my thoughts about politics and business into words and finally scored a gig writing weekly political columns for The Washington Times, where I was a liberal writer for a very conservative paper. My editors pretty often added their own thoughts to “correct” mine, and that sucked.
Then I started writing business columns for The Boston Globe, which is an amazing paper with amazing editors, like Larry Edelman. I write to interest young people in serious political and business topics and I share bloggish things about marketing yourself, career tips, and thoughts on life on LinkedIn.
The moral of the story is journalism is dying, because people don’t pay for good news. Pay for good news like The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and NPR. Question everything you read. Look for facts. And read every day!