Why bother to be a journalist?

“Why bother being a journalist?” is a question I get asked a lot; it seemingly doesn’t fit with what people think of me. Because it wasn’t always an ambition of mine; firstly, I wished to be a writer. And a journalist is not always looked upon well-enough for stereotypes to be flung at me regularly.

However, I find writing factual pieces easier than fiction; the latter puts to work an imagination, something I don’t have. The facts keep everything simple, logical, and in-line. The way a journalist gathers facts has also been a part of my routine for many years now (sort of), whether it’s gather facts about Jacqueline Kennedy, or researching the newest political trend.

But then the hacking scandal came. It was something I followed for months.

Each day seemed to bring quite unsavoury allegations, as well as revelations; the industry, in a way, seemed to be shaken up. And, for once, I understood why a lot of people seemingly cannot stand a journalist.

During this time, I was beginning to blog, but also learning the basics of running a site; after all, I posted pages, not posts! It was also during the time-possibly a little bit later-that my interest in the rock group Queen began to flourish.

I found a biography of Freddie Mercury via Amazon; after all, I need a new book to read. This introduced me to Lesley Ann Jones, who I hugely admire; this lady has interviewed rock royalty, written books, travelled. Her job and position were something that I wished for. I have been lucky enough to meet, as well as interview her. (See it here.)

I guess, all in all, I have a need to help people. And I like to write.

In conjunction with my law classes, we have been learning about Harry Evans, and his tenure at The Sunday Times. This man is my new ‘journo’ hero! There is a great documentary he features in: “Attacking the Devil: Harry Evans and the last Nazi war crime”. He helped the Thalidomide children, and was involved in many other campaigns; to be like this wonderful man would be my privilege.

Journalist’s aren’t all bad; the many that I have met have been wonderful to me. And I wish, more than anything, to join their ranks.




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