Yesterday we visited PBS, and spoke with President Paula Kerger, an inspiration to not only women aspiring to be important in the media world, but all young people in this field of study. One thing she said that really stuck with me was along the lines of: “Be yourself… Don’t just try to be the role models you see as successful. As a journalist find your own voice.” This was very important to me, because I feel that often times, young journalists, or young people in general, myself especially, find role models and strive so relentlessly to be exactly like them. Now, I’m not saying having role models is a bad thing. But as Paula so eloquently described to us, being successful and more importantly, being happy, is about finding your own voice. It isn’t about copying those who came before you, it’s about about learning from them…two very different things. We all have professors, and prominent, successful, people who have gone before us. They have already proved their worth and talent. It is up to us as young people to strive to bring something different to the table, not to do exactly what those who have come before us have done. After meeting with Paula, I am vowing to myself to never try to just be a copycat…but to find my own voice as a journalist, to find my own niche in the media world, and to be different than all the rest.
Find Your OWN Voice