Except at what cost? Who gets hurt be the news break? who dies? Do I get my chance at an honest to goodness breaking story—at the price of an earthquake in Haiti or 9/11?
Good news is few and far between now, and unless it’s the Berlin Wall or Osama Bin Laden calibre, it’s not the same thrill. it’s not breaking.
But tragedy? How do I look forward to breaking news when it comes at the cost of another school shooting or a natural disaster or a country uprising?
I don’t know the balance.
I want to break the news because I want the chance to be a part of something big. I want to look back and say that I was the one calling the end of Boko Haram or ISIS. I want to be the one who confirms the arrests for the Flint water crisis and the one who reports that Dylan Roof is found guilty of all charges.
Is it a bad goal if people die?
I don't know how to center my goals in news, and sometimes that really freaks me out. I guess I will take it one step at a time and pray my big moment doesn't cost someone something dear.