I'm a journalist because...

... The thrill of discovering is addictive. ... I thrive in a fast-paced environment that simultaneously energizes and scares the crap out of me.

... I've been telling stories since I was a child, and it's become as natural to me as breathing.

... I have a wealth of passion to see justice done and have worked on sharpening my journalistic skills to make sure that happens.

... There are too many liars and pundits in the world, and sometimes all people need is to be told the truth — and then be allowed to figure out what to do with it on their own.

... Sometimes people are too scared or too rusty with words to speak up for themselves, and this is one way I can help.

... Stories like this need to be told so the world can be enraged, and opinions like this need to be shared to remind us that some people just aren't worth our time and energy.

... The world is full of people trying to hide their corruption and I can do my part to bring that to light.

... The world is full of people doing incredible things that no one knows about, and I want to remind fellow humans that not everything is war and destruction. 10405327_10152565449759884_2885326472995272677_n

... I get to go to cool events and wear snazzy press badges.

... Every day is a new adventure and nobody knows who I'll run into or what's going to happen.

... I think it's just as important a calling as that to ministry, healthcare or whatever else is considered necessary.

... The pen is indeed mightier than the sword.

... It's where my heart is.

^ In no particular order, all of the reasons I'm pursuing the field I'm in. You might have happened to watch a TV show lately, and in that case you were most likely given the idea that the press is evil and out only to shock people and boost sales. And I'm sure those journalists exist.

But journalism at its core is about truth-telling and secret-uncovering. It's about using the power of communication and the might of words to do good, to build people up instead of tearing them down. It's about taking down corruption, bringing justice where it's needed and making the world a better place. That doesn't always happen, of course. But the world needs people who are willing to try their best to do just that.