Samantha Power said that she came to the conclusion that she should only write a book if she cannot live with its absence, when she has a question that must be answered. I wish this is how journalism could be. Unfortunately, in the daily grind of journalism, journalists are forced to write stories that maybe don't matter that much. On a slow news day or week your editor might assign you a story that you could care less about, a story you know hardly anyone will read. I wonder if journalism has to be this way. Are we just not putting in the effort to find stories worth telling?
I know what this is like first hand. UMD is a fairly safe campus. Crime is relatively rare, other than the underage consumption ticket or occasional burglary. I have to write a story every week regardless of if there is a story to write. I have to write a story no matter what. I hate it. I hate writing a story I know isn't worth reading. I hate putting my name on it. But the Statesman needs to fill that space. That leaves me often time writing something I don't care about. If the writer doesn't care the reader sure as hell doesn't.
But, at the end of the day, that is the name and game of journalism write now. Sometimes we have to write stories that aren't always the most interesting. The stories that we can't live without, the stories we are proud of, make the not so significant ones worthwhile.