All that glitter is not gold. Shakespeare’s saying, till this date holds true, especially in the case of journalism. The profession looks all glitz and glamour to the wide-eyed aspiring teenager but in reality it is far from it. Meredith Vieira and other esteemed journalists including Hoda Kotb, Natalie Morales, Paula Zahn spoke to NGB’s sister channel RCN about journalism and what it takes to be a good journalist.
“I think it’s just that you cannot stop. Journalism is one of those fields that it is easy to sort of quit, because you don’t get paid much in the beginning, and it’s difficult because you are on call 24/7,” said Hoda when asked about the challenges facing young journalists.
“You can either be happy every other Thursday, on payday, or you can just be happy. And I knew when I found journalism I was in love, and it was going to work for me. So, I think whatever chosen your profession is, you find a thing that you do well and figure out how to get paid for it,” commented Hoda while highlighting the fact that perseverance and a real passion for journalism are the key to success.
In the past, we have seen journalists being killed, kidnapped, and injured in the line of duty. Despite the perils associated with journalism, it is a rewarding profession. Journalism is the backbone of democracy and reporters play a very important role in the society. Our forefathers have fought hard to protect free speech and it is this important principle that the journalists uphold.
They have a civic duty to perform. Money or fame should not be the motivation for getting in this profession.
“The point is that you have to keep going, no matter what, you have to get up again, and keep beating at that story till change is actually effective,” gushed Meredith Vieira. Vieira is a revered American journalist with more three decades of experience under her belt. She is a role model to a lot of young aspiring journalists.