Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?
I had a reputation of being a serious and shy girl and many people thought that this would be a difficulty added for my work like journalist, but with time I showed that these characteristics of my personality were not going to be an obstacle for my professional activity. I had to struggle a lot though. I hate to talk by phone and I hate to talk with people I don’t know. And because of my job I had to do that every day constantly. I had to Introduce myself to unknown people and begin to ask difficult questions. And that is not always pleasant. But I did it when necessary to get to the truth, because it was my job.
In the newsroom I had a reputation of being a perfectionist and because of that a little slow. That’s a big problem for a journalist, because you have to be the first with your news. But I wanted to be accurate also from the beginning. So I was spending a lot of time checking and re-checking every fact before publishing. There are two theories: hit first with whatever you have and if there is something to correct, do it afterwards; or wait untill you’re sure. I was for the second theory. I preferred to wait a little and have a more accurate story than to have to correct it the next day. I was always on the edge of the deadline. A constant source of stress for my boss. So my bosses said I was slow. And who cares if I was accurate with the news? Not me. Neither my sources and I hope nor my readers.
Nevertheless, I’m not a fool. I tried all my career being faster, because I didn’t want to lose my job, but never by betraying accuracy because of that.
Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute.
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