Good luck?

16 Sep

So I realized today that as I was leaving the newsroom I told someone good luck. Not on a story, or a performance, or a sports game. I just wished her good luck for the day.

That made me think about how much of journalism depends on luck, being in the newsroom at the right time, happening to interview someone while they’re having a good day, pitching a story 10 minutes before someone else. I’m not going to lie, lots is persistence as well, but luck does play some roll. I’m just lucky if my source happens to check his or her voice mail and has a few minutes to call me back sometimes.

This explains all of the coffee that is consumed in newsrooms and the reason why so many journalists (not me) smoke. OK, finished ranting.

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