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Sticky Valentines

Here I am interviewing a Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue official.

I get asked two questions several times a week, and I brush off both with a verbal swat.

One — because I’m in my late 20s, I suppose – is when are you getting married? And the other, because it seems like small talk, is why did you leave the newspaper?

I could answer both with a single word: Money.

But I usually deflect the marriage subject, wrongly justifying it as an acceptable passing question, with a practical reason: I’m not eager to have children. And I answer the news question with something to which my audience can nod along: “It didn’t seem like a sustainable career path.”

But that’s a cold and detached answer. I don’t feel cold and detached about news, and I only give that response under the assumption that people don’t want to hang around for the full story – ironically, the same reason newspapers aren’t really working anymore.

So…

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About welchsuggs

I am an associate professor of journalism at the University of Georgia and associate director of the Grady Sports Media Initiative. http://welchsuggs.tumblr.com, @welchsuggs

2 comments

  1. Well that’s upsetting.

  2. Read through the comments and look at the dialogue going on elsewhere. This is one perspective, but only one.

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