Posted By Ester Venouziou,
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Working at a newspaper means often having to keep your views to yourself. Journalists are, after all, supposed to present unbiased reporting. So if you're vocal about anything political or controversial, the thinking goes, the readers will assume you have an agenda, and that your story is biased.
Reality shock time, paper people! No matter what, your readers will assume you have an agenda, and that your story is biased. But the thinking is: why reinforce that belief of bias? So journalists sit back, watch, present the facts. It isn't easy to stay neutral sometimes, but that's part of the job.
I started my first job in journalism in fall 1992, at the now-defunct Boca News in South Florida. My last job in journalism was at the St. Petersburg Times, from January 2003 until I got laid off last week, part of the paper's massive downsizing plan. So for almost 20 years, my job was to sit back, watch, present the facts.
So now ... I'm free to say whatever I want, anytime I want!
This feeling is priceless!
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