For review, here are the first four questions to ask yourself when thinking
about your own personal success:
Q1: Which is easier to accomplish: to make the world adjust to my particular
needs or for me to adjust to the world as it is today? Q2: Who is best suited
to fix my personal problems, politicians in Washington DC or me? Q3: Which
will ultimately result in a better me: continued dependency or self-reliance?
Q4: Which is most likely to help me succeed: to pull some other person down
or help someone else succeed?
The fifth questions to ask when thinking about your own personal success is
the most important question of all because your answer will determine the
direction of your life: Am I a victim or a victor?
A victim is someone who thinks the whole world is against him/her, that
everything is rigged, that others have it easy, that the reason for their
“What are you going to do when you grow up?” you ask your kids.
Most children don’t have a clue, so they answer with “fireman,”
“policeman,” “doctor” or other such highly visible and seemingly
exciting occupation. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a child answer,
“Journalist! I want to be a journalist!” The idea to be a journalist
usually comes a little later as they experience their world and see the vast
variety of career choices they actually have.
But why be a journalist? Here are four possible motives for being a
journalist, and more particularly, a citizen journalist.
Motive #1... (more)
Citizen Journalist on Ulitzer
The American Revolution produced many notable newspapermen who wrote
passionately in support of independence and who injected into their writings
the idea of a free press. Many of their writings helped develop the press
freedoms that were written into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
That is why the United States has been the world leader for press freedom for
well over 200 years. The US press earned the title of the “Fourth Estate”
because it positioned itself as a watchdog over the government.
This privileged press status is unique to the US a... (more)
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
If you’re seeking wealth and fame, journalism might not be your best
choice. No one enters the field to get rich, and only a few ever become
An entry-level journalist will barely earn enough to survive if a job is even
available in today’s shrinking journalism job market. Even experienced beat
reporters don’t live in the rich part of town. The only people receiving
truly handsome wages in the news media today are celebrity journalists seen
on network and cable television news stations.
Fame is also elusive for most journalists. Only a few becom... (more)
There is more than one way to interview someone for a news story.
Some journalists take the role of an unfriendly, disbelieving inquirer who
wants to catch the interviewee in some moment of confusion or expose him/her
as a hypocrite, ignoramus or buffoon. I refer to this as “gotcha”
Some journalists take the role of a supportive, affable colleague so they
don’t ask any tough questions that might embarrass the interviewee. This
often called throwing softballs, but I call it “brownnose” journalism.
The really good journalists take the role of an objective, neutral