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Nov112010

Terez Howard Installment #3

Why I Will Never Go Back To The Newspaper

By Terez Howard

 

“Why do you want to get into this grimy business?”

 

That’s one question my former employer asked me when I interviewed for my previous job. I love to write, love people, and I wanted to share what I loved to do with others.

 

So, for nearly three years, that’s what I did as community editor. I laid out, provided content and edited my own page every day of the week, except for Sundays when I wrote a feature story. I covered meetings, took pictures and interacted with many great people.

 

I loved my job. I adored the people I worked with. So why will I never return to that scene?

 

Here are a few reasons you might suspect. First off, the office has transformed. The people now are different, very different. Second, the pay was lousy, and I mean embarrassingly low for college graduates. Third, the benefits were virtually nonexistent. Fourth, the hours were not great. I’m a strictly 8 to 4 girl. While these reasons compel me to stay away from working for a newspaper again, they are not on top.

 

My No. 1 reason is: I want to stay home with my daughter. Granted, she can be trying. Micah, a 3-year-old, threw a serious tantrum, complete with the shrilly scream, like nails on chalkboard, when I told her she couldn’t play with her Leapster because we were going to eat dinner.

 

But I love getting to really watch her grow, seeing her transform from this immobile infant to a

rambunctious, talkative preschooler. That, I wouldn’t trade for the world.



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