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I respond calmly and politely to people who question my ethics and skills. I still thank them for reading my newspaper and website when they’re through, because I know fewer of them means fewer of us. I put my name on the words I write, no hiding, even though many days I’d much rather be anonymous. (Some of those days, I admit I screen my calls.) I go to neighborhoods I wouldn’t otherwise go to, and speak to strangers I wouldn’t otherwise speak to because I wear the invincibility cloak we all must believe we possess. I tweet, I facebook, I learn HTML code and Google Fusion and Caspio and Drupal 6. I evolve, because journalism evolves.
I am a newspaper reporter.