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November 14, 2013 - Nick Dutro
Twice in one week I’ve been asked if journalism was a life-long career path. Both times I answered, partially serious, that it was a choice I made after finding out that ghostbusting was not a viable career option. Again, a partially serious answer.

The truth is, as I think back to my college experience and the past few years of being a professional journalist, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. And despite a future that at times looks bleak for my profession, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

My job titled has changed twice since starting work at The A-T. Some may know that I started out here as an intern for two tours of duty during my summers away from the campus of Ohio Northern University. That was followed by an offer to report on government full-time following graduation, a job that proved to be regularly challenging and incredibly rewarding. Today I act as Sunday editor, a confusing job title in that I work almost everyday but Sunday, but a position I’ve come to enjoy in ways that weren’t always possible when I was reporting. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss the writing.

Up until now, I have been focused on editing and page design for the daily and weekend editions of the newspaper, and often mentioning in passing that it was the writing that I missed. And after more than a year of doing this, and almost as long saying that I miss my years reporting, I’ve decided to take on the task of updating a weekly blog here on the A-T site. At the very least it will be a chance for me to get back to producing content, but I hope it becomes more, and a part of your weekly routine.

So, if I were again posed the question about why I chose journalism as my career path, I may still say ghostbusting ranks at the top of my list, but hopefully now I can rank my current job as a closer second.


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