There are definite perks to being a member of the media. You’re not going to get rich doing this work. You’re going to work long, grueling hours sometimes. The pressure of deadlines can be quite stressful.
But oh the benefits. You can travel the world. You can witness history firsthand. You’re constantly meeting new people — some famous and powerful, some just regular folks who impact your life in unimaginable ways.
Editor Joe Towalski of the Catholic Spirit details this in Lessons learned while covering a papal Mass, his story about covering a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican where Archbishop John Nienstedt received his pallium from Pope Benedict XVI.
“It’s exciting to have the kind of access that gets you up close to see the pope at a special event like this. But that’s where the fun ends and the hard work begins.”
As a journalist you’re extended liberties that others aren’t. This isn’t always a good thing. Towalski tells the hilarious story of what it’s like to cover the event of a lifetime. He can tell you firsthand that journalists sometimes go to great lengths to get those awesome pictures and great stories. This job can be quite an adventure sometimes. I won’t tell; you’ll have to read here to find out Towalski’s experience.
Besides traveling the world and meeting people, the best part of this job to me is that you never stop learning — about the world, the people in it, and most of all about yourself. Towalski learned some valuable lessons on this trip, about Rome, drag-racing taxicabs and really slow pasta. He also learned some things about himself. And those are the kinds of benefits that money can’t buy.