Why be a journalist? It can be a difficult job with long hours, hard work and an uncertain future. Journalists face relentless criticism and an industry in transition. Aaron Chimbel has put together a collection of essays from working journalists who answer the question — why be a journalist? — with their personal stories of coming up, toiling in the field and writing important, career-defining stories. These journalists come from different platforms, beats and locations, offering varying accounts of the travails and rewards of being a working journalist across changing landscapes and timelines.
The essays in Why I’m a Journalist offer encouragement and wisdom about the path to being a reporter, a broadcaster, an editor or a media professional. This is a collection for students interested in the field, early upstarts engaged with building their careers and seasoned pros looking to learn from their colleagues.
Table of Contents
Section 1 – Public Affairs Journalists
John F. Harris
Section 2 – International Journalists
Section 3 – Media Journalists
Section 4 – Business Journalists
Kelli B. Grant
Section 5 – Sports Journalists
Section 6 – Print Journalists
Tawnell D. Hobbs
Section 7 – Broadcast Journalists
Carlos C. Hopkins
Section 8 – Digital Journalists
Section 9 – Journalism Leaders
Aminda (Mindy) Marqués Gonzalez
Section 10 – Young Journalists
Aaron Chimbel is an associate professor of professional practice in journalism at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication, where he has taught full-time since 2009.
Featured Author Profiles
"In an age of journalism demonization, this book is a tonic, a rich source of pride in the profession by some of America’s finest newsgatherers. It’s a book brimming with practical advice for journalism students and would-be reporters, but it’s also a wonderful reminder to those of us longer in the tooth that what we do, and what we train others to do, matters a great deal."
-Charles N. Davis, The University of Georgia, USA