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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Is this the job for me?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2006 at 1:14 PM

Interesting advice column on journalism from Cary Tennis at Salon.com. Interesting if you're a journalist or aspiring journalist or media junkie, that is.

"Shivering Scribbler" thinks he (she?) has made a mistake by going into journalism.

On good days, it's pretty exhilarating to be able to learn aboutall different kinds of things. I feel like a member of the human race,engaged and even a little powerful.

But on the bad days -- generally the days that involve any sortof uncomfortable questions, or even worse when I have to askuncomfortable questions of a source I've come to like -- I just wish Icould disappear, die, erase myself.

Boy does that sound familiar. I like Tennis' response. It pretty much sums up why I enjoy writing quirky stories more than newsy ones. It's hard sometimes, even for a shameless extrovert like me. But what else would I ever do? Copy editing is soooo boring.

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.

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