Imagine one day you are in a courtroom covering a trial with deep background information you’ve sourced ahead of time getting to know the victim’s family, reviewing police reports, district attorney witness lists and previous rulings from the judge. The next week you are at the state capitol pressing the governor to implement a new law requiring access to hotel phones at all times by any age group for 911 emergency calls. Then that weekend you walk side-by-side with cancer survivors as part of a station-sponsored community fundraising event. Every day you have the chance to put your constitutional right to a free press to use. You question, dig, demand answers and open records access and explanations. You have the chance to use your powerful local broadcast reach to help one family or an entire community address a need by rallying the audience into action. Every day allows you to experience tremendous professional and personal rewards. That’s why I am a journalist.