Ever since I got introduced to it in my freshman year, journalism has been my passion. What really sucked me in was the ethics of it. To me, journalism is a way to be compassionate to the community as well as expose the truth, a combination that is rarely seen. Journalism allows me to tell the stories that need to be told, ones that will draw attention to those who need help and ones that will draw attention to what needs changed.
Journalism is more relevant than ever right now. With the growing span of the Internet and social media, it’s too easy for wrong information to be spread. There was a time recently that I began to lose hope in journalism. I felt the world didn’t need another shady journalist on CNN; that’s all I could be seen as in media these days. My saving grace was a trip to Washington D.C. and a visit to the Newseum. The Newseum reminded me of the great service journalists bring society. How different would events like 9/11 or the fall of the Berlin Wall be without journalists to cover them? How different would the United States be if journalists like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein didn’t act as watchdogs? I needed that reminder that my passion was necessary and that I could keep that passion and use it to help the world.
I’m going to be going to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and studying journalism. My high school journalism experience is invaluable to me. I can only hope the things I’ve learned and the people I’ve come to know will stay with me though that journey. I’ve found a deeper love in journalism than anything I’ve tried before. I believe it is what I was meant to do.