Sometimes, I forget why I got into journalism.
Between the super-late nights and long hours of work, between the cost-cutting and long-gone days of in-depth reporting, and between the bland and boring read I get from most newspapers these days... Between all of that, and more, I sometimes forget why I got into journalism.
And then you see an article like this. And you remember why you turned down more lucrative careers, and said "no" to the latest PR company or politician trying to buy your soul.
This article that I linked to above towers above the thousands of articles filed daily across the United States. It's without question the best article I've read in a newspaper in five years. Maybe in the past ten. And off the top of my head, I can't think of many magazine articles, which have far more flexibilty, that meet its standard.
Amazing job, Michael Kruse and The St. Petersburg Times.
And if you have a few minutes and want to be blown away by both a touching story, and by what journalism should be -- and used to be -- then definitely check out the story. Here's the link again.
P.S. After reading this story, I'm more convinced than ever as to why newspapers are dying. And what they should aim for if they want to remain relevant and profitable.
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Stan Mitchell is the founder and owner of The Oak Ridge Observer. He started the paper in 2004 with a $20,000 loan and writes generally on his blog about business practices, politics and local matters.