The Stress And Anxiety Of A Reporter

The Stress And Anxiety Of a​ Reporter
Every long journey must face its consequential end - and so it​ is​ with the​ career of​ reporter .​
the​ journalistic odyssey of​ every reporter must eventually reach the​ end point.. .​
the last report from the​ field .​
The long years of​ tedious work in​ covering beats,​ going to​ different places,​ meeting different personalities and dignitaries – all these have induced stress and anxiety even on​ the​ most hardiest news reporter .​

As a​ reporter,​ a​ part of​ me rejoices while another part laments .​
It is​ really a​ difficult to​ swim in​ the​ polluted waters of​ politics and treacherous waters of​ truth-telling .​
However,​ with a​ deep sense of​ integrity and love for work,​ I​ managed to​ keep my head above the​ water .​
Eating death threats for breakfast,​ averting every danger while covering rally dispersals,​ and rendering more than the​ usual regular work hour just to​ substantiate and give justice to​ the​ news that people read and need .​
The stress and anxiety challenged not only my physical strength but also the​ stability of​ my emotions,​ and my commitment to​ the​ principles of​ journalism .​

Amidst all the​ challenges of​ journalism,​ I​ always found strength in​ God who is​ the​ Truth .​
Taking the​ long,​ arduous road to​ the​ factual truth was truly worth it .​
It is​ not everyday that a​ news item can enlighten the​ masses to​ the​ point of​ inspiring them to​ take action .​
All the​ stress and anxiety of​ the​ work seemed to​ be of​ little importance compared to​ the​ fulfillment of​ having brought to​ the​ people the​ information they need .​

Quite frankly,​ I​ went through heaven and hell just to​ find my own place in​ the​ competitive world of​ journalism .​
I,​ too,​ had to​ make sacrifices in​ terms of​ time and energy just to​ fulfill my calling .​
Like every journalist who tried to​ maintain integrity in​ work – I,​ too,​ had to​ tread my own via dolorosa – my road to​ suffering .​
Chasing one scoop after another,​ haggling to​ get the​ best shot and the​ most exclusive interviews among the​ Who's Who --- it​ was expected that I​ would sooner or​ later slow down due to​ stress and anxiety.
Many times,​ I​ have contemplated about my worthiness to​ be a​ reporter .​
Modesty aside,​ my journalistic record already shows that I​ have what I​ takes to​ see my articles in​ print .​
Perhaps,​ like my fellow writers who have finished the​ struggle before me --- I,​ too,​ have earned my have a​ place in​ this world .​
Admittedly,​ there were times when I​ fell due to​ self-doubt and envy .​
But something within me gave me reassurance that I​ could stand together with the​ best of​ them --- if​ I​ could only stop comparing myself to​ others .​
Thankfully,​ I​ learned that being a​ reporter...being a​ writer is​ such a​ solitary work .​
in​ the​ same manner,​ I​ should also learn to​ judge my own work --- motivated not by the​ need to​ belong or​ to​ get approval from others,​ but for the​ sheer love of​ the​ craft and the​ desire for continuous self-improvement as​ a​ writer and journalist.
My experiences as​ a​ writer-reporter reminds me of​ the​ story about a​ man who found favor in​ the​ eyes of​ God .​
An angel of​ the​ Lord appeared to​ the​ man and said that he can have three wishes .​
The only catch was that whatever he wishes for,​ his neighbor will be granted twice of​ what he wished for .​
In reverent awe,​ the​ man fell on​ his knees and thanked the​ Lord for the​ blessing he has received .​
He first wished to​ have 1,​000 heads of​ cow,​ and in​ effect,​ his neighbor received 2,​000 .​
His second wish was for a​ son,​ and subsequently his neighbor had twins .​
In a​ sudden bout of​ envy,​ he asked the​ Lord to​ gouge out his left eye so that his neighbor would lose both eyes .​
The angel of​ God was saddened by his wish and never granted the​ last request .​
Indeed,​ man must never fall into the​ trap of​ envy .​
Instead,​ we must strive for excellence while wishing good for our fellowmen.
As a​ reporter,​ stress and anxiety will always be present and should be treated as​ part and parcel of​ being a​ journalist .​
in​ summary,​ a​ reporter-writer must not only search after the​ truth .​
He must also be a​ force for good.

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