We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press. We are trying to be "team players." We are terrified of more layoffs and paycuts. We would like to produce quality work without 'obamasux99' posting some non-sequitur rant at the end of it. We complain because we want things to be better. We would like some respect, plz. We are journalists.

3rd November 2011

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I pay for my journalism degree $95.87 each month. I’ve written checks for gas. I’ve overdrawn my account on coffee more than once. Total strangers call me names I wouldn’t call a baby killer. I used to cry over it, but not anymore. Once, a relative pointed to a TV anchor and said, “Maybe you’ll get there one day.” I’ve run through a hostage standoff, stood at a burning house swarmed with bees, watched someone die. I’ve met celebrities and a baby cheetah (cheetah was cooler). I scaled a heavy truck in heels to interview a guy in a Speedo. It all trickles into the novels I tap-tap-tap at night. I get to do things. I get to go outside. I write, and people read it. I’m nervous all the time. All. The. Time. I’ve done this since I was 19. I don’t know how to do anything else.I am a newspaper reporter.

I pay for my journalism degree $95.87 each month. I’ve written checks for gas. I’ve overdrawn my account on coffee more than once. Total strangers call me names I wouldn’t call a baby killer. I used to cry over it, but not anymore. Once, a relative pointed to a TV anchor and said, “Maybe you’ll get there one day.” I’ve run through a hostage standoff, stood at a burning house swarmed with bees, watched someone die. I’ve met celebrities and a baby cheetah (cheetah was cooler). I scaled a heavy truck in heels to interview a guy in a Speedo. It all trickles into the novels I tap-tap-tap at night. I get to do things. I get to go outside. I write, and people read it. I’m nervous all the time. All. The. Time. I’ve done this since I was 19. I don’t know how to do anything else.

I am a newspaper reporter.

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