I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say “I’m a journalist.
What do you want me to write about?”
And, like most of you, I think I know what I’m talking about.
But there’s another part of the equation that I’m not so sure about.
I have to admit, I’ve been a journalist for years, and I’ve tried to keep that mindset.
I’ve got a pretty good handle on what’s going on and how the news industry works, and how journalists can be good at what they do.
But, to a degree, I’m also a bit of a cynic.
I think that most journalists would prefer to be doing a lot of stuff that’s going to benefit their own company.
I’m in the business of helping people, and that’s the core of what I do.
And so, I thought it might be useful to write an article about my experiences covering the business.
As I write this, I have no doubt that this will be read by people who are interested in what journalism means.
But I’m curious about what they don’t get about it.
I thought I’d start with what they haven’t yet learned about journalism.
It’s a good place to start, because the first time I ever got a tip about what the Huffington Post is up to, I was in the middle of a job interview, and it hit me right away that there’s a big chance that the news organization I work for is going to be a big deal.
I had been on the inside, but had no idea that they were doing something so big.
I didn’t know who they were, or how much they were worth.
I just knew that they had a story, and if they could put it out there, maybe the rest of us could get involved.
And, to be clear, that story, in my case, was a story about an ex-boyfriend of mine, a man who’d just left his job and moved into a different town.
And his ex-girlfriend was pregnant.
I was supposed to be interviewing the ex-partner at a local coffee shop when he showed up.
I figured he was going to show up at a different coffee shop, and, instead, he showed me up at my own house, in a white T-shirt and jeans.
The coffee shop owner looked at me like I was crazy, but said, “You should ask your boss.”
That’s the kind of advice that can save a life.
I asked him why, and he said, Because I can help you.
And I was kind of shocked, because I thought, “Why would you help me?”
The only reason I had ever heard this from a business owner before was that they’d just been asked to help a friend in need.
That’s not a big business, and people are used to getting that kind of help from other people.
But now I was being offered help from a journalist in a business that was going big, and my ex-lover seemed to have been on his way to a new chapter.
I felt a little bit nervous.
I guess it’s the same way that when you’re working for a company that has a big financial advantage, you have to be prepared to be skeptical of everything they’re telling you.
The next morning, I called up the man who had been the first person I’d talked to about the ex and my story.
I told him what happened, and then he said something that made me think I had heard him wrong.
He said that he knew I’d been in the news before, and had been told it was bad news, and the ex needed to get off his back and move on.
He was right, because he was the one who’d helped me get the story.
But that wasn’t enough.
He wanted to know if I could go ahead and do the interview.
“Sure,” I said.
I’d spent the previous day reading through the story, listening to interviews and other sources, and hadn’t gotten anywhere.
I wasn’t sure what I was doing wrong.
I could have just been doing a routine story, like I’d done before, but I wasn’s I just wasn’t prepared.
After I finished the interview, I left the interview feeling that I was on the right track, that I could be doing the job right, and hopefully this would turn into a positive story.
And then I woke up the next morning.
The guy I was interviewing had just told me that he’d been asked by The Huffington Posts to write a story for their website.
He hadn’t even told me who they work for, or why.
He’d just given me a list of things I could do, and asked me to go out and ask them to write something.
This guy was really going to help me get this story out there.
I walked up to the HuffPo office and sat down in front of a desk full of journalists.