A dream coming true: Why I aspire to become a journalist who does more than just writing ‘lines'
Aspiring journalist, Sandra Stoica, shares with us her story on what journalism means to her, who she looks up to and her goals for the future.
Since the old days, journalists have been seen as the ‘’nosy’’ people who can be ‘’heroes’’ for someone like you and me. As the American author Andrew Vachss once said ‘’journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That’s why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist.’’
The ones putting us in contact with the world every day at any hour, are journalists. Even if the trust in journalism has been shaken by misinformation or false news many times, there is still hope. We often see cases like the panama papers or The Guardian winning five of Journalism’s Awards last year where reporters’ investigative work is praised, slowly restoring that lost faith of the public.
My passion for journalism and choosing this career path has been influenced and inspired by a Romanian TV presenter and reporter, Andreea Esca. Her work inclined me to pursue my dream and encouraged me to give a voice to the unheard. Additionally, following and listening to podcasts and various interviews to which she was invited ignited a huge admiration within me for sports practitioners– she herself likes to swim. Such an inspirational figure who opens up your horizons, helps you to see the reality of the world, offers you the right hard-hitting picture of it and lastly, changes a prescribed perception on small aspects of it, is one I aspire to become.
Another journalist who uplifted my ambition was Christina Amanpour. The television host showed me how a journalist should be as well as incited me to not be afraid of covering hard hitting news. This is what journalism is all about after all.
Being a third-year journalism student has guided me into revealing my scope: to make the unheard voices heard. Living in a fast-paced world where time is money and the best story that sells is the one that ‘’bleeds’’, loads of emotional stories are lost in the ‘’unimportant’’ side of the circle.
Shedding light on the ones who are unseen, unlistened and marginalised by society’s norms is what I am yearning for. A determined aspirant. The eagerness of rebuilding a world where journalism is in itself virtuous, whole and worthy of its denomination is the dream that assures me my efforts will not be in vain.
A lot of journalists nowadays are deceived by power, money, the world’s flawed values and too scared to pursue the truth. But I do not want to become one like them and if that means the world needs to be changed then so be it.
As for how I am going to achieve that goal? Well, time will be the one to tell. In the meantime, all I want to be sure of is that I take every opportunity given to form myself as the journalist the world and I need, to respect. I want to be remembered as ‘’more than just a name’’. A true journalist in its essence.
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