‘Tis the season for giving thanks, and in this industry, there are a lot of things for which to be thankful. Kelly and I shall list the ways…
1. You! Without you, we wouldn’t be here. So thanks for reading!
2. Print journalism, for sticking it out another year… probably your toughest year yet. Thanks to you, we all got to keep our jobs.
3. Twitter, for teaching us all how to be less wordy. Also, thank you for helping us reach out to the community and for making our coverage much better. And while we’re at it — thanks, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, which also allows us to also engage our audiences.
4. iPad, for making reading the news new and interesting, and also generating revenue.
5. Joe Rozsa and Mike Fraiser, for helping us redesign this blog and for hosting it.
6. The Morning Journal, for believing in our ideas for social media promotion and allowing us to go forward with this blog.
7. Chilean miners, for making it out alive and giving everyone something to hope for. And for showing us that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.
8. Smart phones, for making working from the field a whole lot easier, fun and competitive. And for being a platform that helps us become addicted to games, such as Angry Birds and Jojo’s Fashion Show.
9. Mark S. Luckie, who was our first “celebrity” journo interview, and also told us to keep following our dreams in journalism. Even though he couldn’t cut it as a music video director, he is now at WaPo.
10. The Washington Post editor Marc Fisher, who also answered some questions about the Story Lab. And also for sparking a debate with Jay Rosen.
11. Amanda Junk — who used the junk in the trunk, also known as her noggin, to give us a stellar first guest blog post.
12. Lady Gaga, whose meat dress helped us value the importance of a dress code.
13. Bowling Green State University and Kent State University, for keeping us busy and in love with a career. And not telling us about the hard stuff.
14. The Harry Potter series, for showing us to not be Rita Skeeters. And for keeping us entertained at night. Accio newspaper revenue!
15. All fictional journalists, because those are the ones that made Kelly want to be a journalist. Megan might hate them, but if it wasn’t for Murphy Brown, Tally Atwater, Warren Justice, Sabrina Peterson, Peter Bracket, April O’Neill or Tricia Takanawa, Kelly might be doing something boring. Like an accountant.
17. Calculators. Because journalists mess up numbers.
18. Frappes. No explanation needed.
19. Pens that last for seven years… we’re still skeptical, but we have seven years to judge. And we all know how much journalists value pens.
20. Coffee, wine, tylenol, ice cream and dancing, not necessarily in that order. Without these things, we would be cranky SOBs all the time… wait…
Now, here are some of the things you’re thankful for:
“I’m thankful (every day) for getting to work with a such a bright, energetic and forward-thinking crew here at The Morning Journal. And I’m thankful for the “new” digital-first JRC giving us a chance to reinvent the newspaper business, and giving our staff a place in the JRC ideaLab.” – Tom, editor of the MJ
“I’m thankful for computer illiteracy.” — Steve, IT specialist
“I’m thankful for public records.” — Nicole, college student at Kent State
“I am so thankful for being able to start my own business! I am now a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. I can now work hard for myself instead of other people, and I feel prettier already.” — Susan, beauty consultant
“I’m thankful that I get the opportunity to meet so many different people, and then thankful that I’m not like some of them. ” — Joe, graphic designer
“Of all the journalist reasons to be thankful, I’m thankful most to be working with a staff that is like a family to me. There is nothing better than coming to work each day feeling like you are truly part of team. I know, sometimes we bicker, sometimes we make each other mad and sometimes we just want to yell ‘SHUT UP!’ In the end though it’s the little sisters you never had, the parent-like figures and the weird aunts and uncles that make a newsroom a family. That’s the best part of journalism, and the part I’ve realized this year, having started my own personal family by getting married, that I’m most thankful for.” — April, managing editor at the MJ
“I’m thankful for all the opportunities that have been given and continue to be presented to me by my company. Also I’m thankful for bosses and coworkers I enjoy working with.” — Ian, landscaper
“I’m thankful for police officers who fill out the “markings/scars/tattoos” portion of the suspect sheet. Because then I see crazy things like “tattoo: panther on the top, wizard on the bottom.” — Morgan, reporter/editor
“I am thankful for my aunt, Jenni (Laidman) – a kickass journalist/editor – who always gives me brilliant advice and pep talks before difficult interviews. I’m thankful for Jeff’s phone list, Megan’s cheat sheets, pizza on election night, tough editors, professors who still send me encouraging e-mails and Red Bull. Lots and lots of Red Bull. Oh, and mine and Kelly’s gym memberships because, let’s be honest, sometimes this place stresses me out (but I still wouldn’t give it up).” — Taylor, reporter
“I am thankful for friends and family, even if they are 900 miles away !!! Thankful for my job , yes, even my co-workers !!! Love you Kelly – you are doing a great job – I am so thankful for a wonderful great niece/great granddaughter who I love very much !!!” — Donna, medical secretary and Kelly’s aunt
“I am thankful for the students who put in the extra time and achieve because they keep me going.” — Steve, teacher
“I am thankful for police reports being sent to my e-mail.” — Adam, reporter
What are you thankful for? Let us know, and while you’re at it, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Megan and Kelly