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PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIESee^: The reward journalists dream about

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By Kirsten Laskey

Journalists are low on popularity polls. The idea that we’re a motley crew seems to be conventional wisdom. I’ve been told since high school, maybe even earlier, that the public does not trust the media.

I was reminded of people’s suspicion toward reporters when I raised a question to a panel of business owners while on an assignment one afternoon. “Watch out,” the moderator had jokingly warned the local entrepreneurs, this question was coming from the media.

Everyone catches flak regarding their occupation at some point, but besides politics, I don’t know of another occupation that inspires so much dissatisfaction from people.

It can make me personally feel a little resentful at times.

I fumed for days after hearing my parents’ realtor mockingly called The Monitor, “The Vomitor.” It was a harmless jibe but I still took it personally.

Just where did this distrust originate? I like to point the finger at paperback detective novels; they’re always giving reporters a bad image.

However it started, I need to lighten up and stop grumbling whenever I am exposed to this wariness.

Taking the bad with the good is a tough lesson to learn, but  I am realizing more and more the good far outweighs the bad.


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