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The Main Reason

courtesy of Reinventing Events

courtesy of Reinventing Events

Sometimes, in the midst of pursuing a dream, you lose sight of why you dreamt it in the first place, until something reminds you. For me, that ‘something’ came in the form of a StrenghtsQuest test.

About a month ago, I had to take an online StrengthQuest test for my school. At the time, I just wanted to get it out of the way. Little did I know that taking that test would lead me back to journalism (as everything seems to do in my life, haha).

At the end of the Clifton StrengthsFinder test, you are given your “top five talent themes” along with a list that explains what those “themes” mean. My top five were: Restorative, Individualization, Belief, Analytical and Responsibility, but the one that stuck out was “individualization.”

The description says:

“Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person… You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life…”

There are numerous reasons why I want to be a journalist. Writing. Meeting people. The adrenaline from deadlines. Traveling. But when it all comes down to it, I chose journalism because I thrive off of hearing other people’s stories and thinking of the best way I can share them. To me, journalism is really all about the story. The story is what makes the connection; it’s what make an article or newspaper more than just columns of words.

Even breaking news revolves around a story. Yes, initially when a terrible natural disaster strikes or a tragedy hits, the news media focuses on keeping everyone updated on the facts in the midst of the chaos. However, it is in these crises that stories are made as the random stranger becomes a hero and that timid guy in the office rises up to lead everyone to safety. This is why I love journalism. Each and everyone of us has an untold story with the potential to expose a stronger and unique side of us. Think of all the stories that are yet to be made and discovered.

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Reason: History in the Making

ImageA little word of advice: Don’t take a huge break from blogging/writing if you don’t have to. I’m finding it hard getting back into blogging because I’ve gotten… well… lazy from my break. In fact, this break, it was pretty easy to brainstorm things to blog about but the hard part was actually typing it out :P. However, Christmas break is coming to an end and so must my procrastination. 

That said, as I was watching Hoda Kotb (who I kind of “met in person”) and Kathie Lee Gifford host “A Toast to 2013” on New Year’s Eve, I was reminded of one of the many reasons why I decided to pursue journalism. As the journalists and special guests reflected over all the big events, surprises and trends that have popped up this past year, I realized that they were able to recall it so effortlessly because they played a huge role in each and every tragedy, viral video, natural disaster, and headline. 

While they obviously didn’t cause or experience most of the news they covered firsthand, journalists have to research, interview and really dig deep into the stories they cover so that they can serve as the link between the public and the big moments that happen each year. That’s what I want to be apart of. 

Sure, with deadlines and the fast-paced world of social media, it is hard to just sit back and enjoy the moment as a journalist, but on the other hand, by having to cover so many stories and events, journalists get to be a part of the moment. The stories that were at one time assignments and more work to do, eventually become our record of history. 

I really don’t think I’m doing this justice. I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time explaining it in words (told you not to take a break from writing!). Anyway, it just amazes me to look at these people who bring us the news and think about the huge role they play in making history.