My boy, I think it’s important that you know what your dad does for a living, because I’m in the kind of profession that is more than just a job – it’s a calling,that means it is who I am, not just what I do – and that will affect you, which is why I’m telling you this.
I work in news. I make news. That means I write and edit words and images about what’s happening around us.
As you see in this picture (taken by your grandmother) you fell asleep on your dad’s shoulder while I was reading a newspaper. Yes, sometimes they make me fall asleep too. But they live with us. Our house is always full of newspapers, and you will grow up in a house where newspapers are delivered outside our door every morning, where dad and mom read the papers over breakfast and coffee, and on weekends we read them from cover to cover; you’ll hear and see news played on the TV and radio quiet often – usually at 8pm (if you are still awake); where Twitter is always on (I will probably buy you a dog for your first birthday and name him Twitter), and dinner guests always talk about the latest news, especially after dad gives them a lot of wine.
What does working in the news mean? And how does this affect you?
Working in the news means that you watch and listen to see what’s happening in the world, and especially about the things that are important to you. Most importantly: you ask questions. My son, you can never blindly accept what people are telling you – except for what your mom tells you. Working in news means that you ask why things are like they are and what can be done to make them better. And once you have the right questions, and once you are up to date with the news, you try and find an original idea about an issue or story, and then you work on it to tell people what’s next in the story, and how the story affects them.
This kind of work is very interesting, and makes me feel like I am doing something constructive to make the world a better place. It is, also, very demanding of time and attention. This is the home you have entered, and the kind of father you have. But don’t worry I won’t expect you to become a news junkie like your dad. And don’t worry about not having my full attention, to me you are a constant source of news, and I have plenty of angles to explore in you.