5 Signs That You Were Meant To Become A Journalist

5 Signs That You Were Meant To Become A Journalist

It really has always been in you.

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I think I've always been drawn to writing. Even form the time I was in elementary school, my teachers have told me that I'm a great writer. But that's not why I do it.

From a young age, the written word has always been better for me to express myself, and feel free and heard. I feel more understood when writing than when speaking. The words are the same, but for me, writing is a whole different vibe.

I noticed recently that traits I've had for quite some time, have always pointed to journalism, it just wasn't until now that I saw them. Here are the signs that maybe you should study journalism and become a journalist:

You Where A "Why" Kid.

I think my inquisitive nature got me in trouble at times. I always wanted to ask my parents why rules were in place and why certain things happened. Being a why kid means you keep asking that question until you get an answer, which is exactly what journalist have to do to public figures and officials.

You REALLY Like Stories.

I used to read a lot of books as a child and the fact that people could tell a story and create another world with only words was so amazing to me. I also used to be really captivated by the stories my parents told me about their families and from their childhoods. Even now, when I listen to podcasts, they're only using words to create a scene but you often feel like you're there and see what they see.

You Actually LIKE Short Answer Questions.

In middle school, I remember vividly how everyone was always so much happier when our tests were all multiple choice. Everyone except for me that is. I always liked short answer questions more because it gave me a chance to explain myself and even if I didn't know the answer at all, I could BS it and get some points. With multiple choice, if it's wrong, it's wrong and there's no partial credit or place to explain your reasoning.

You Want To Give Back Or Give Answers.

As far as local journalists are concerned, they provide information about everything in your proximity, from what's happening at city hall to what's happening in your school district, none of which you may know without them. Maybe that's the community you grew up in and you remember hearing that information on the news. Now you get to relay it to the next generation.

And with large national and international media companies, yes, there is social media but there are certain rooms only people with a press badge are allowed to enter and there is certain information that only large companies with an established name are rusted with by some sources.

You Value Truth and Honesty.

Honesty is one of the main principles/virtues that I try to live by. I always try to be as honest and authentic as possible and I hold others to that standard as well. Being a journalist means being on a constant quest for the truth. People will try to stop you and push you back but you will find that truth will always be one of your strongest traits.

Obviously, sure you can still be an effective journalist without any of these traits. But in my opinion, these are things that are instilled in you and make journalism an instinct rather than just another job.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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To Fix Taxes, We Have To Rethink 'Wealthy'

"Wealthy" doesn't mean the same for everyone.

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When discussing taxes today, so many politicians are quick to rush to the adage "tax the rich." Bernie Sanders has called for the rich to be taxed higher to pay for Medicare for All. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for a 70% tax on the wealthy.

However, all of these proposals are missing a key thing: a true definition of rich.

When thinking about what counts as rich, it is important to distinguish between the "working wealthy" and the "investment wealthy."

The working wealthy are the people in society that get paid highly because they have a high skill set and provide an extremely valuable service that they deserve just compensation for. This class is made up of professionals like lawyers, doctors, and CEOs. In addition, the working wealthy are characterized by another crucial aspect: over a long term calculation of their earned income over time, they don't come out as prosperous as their annual incomes would seem to suggest. This is because this set of the wealthy has to plunge into student debt for degrees that take years to acquire. These jobs generally also require a huge amount of time invested in lower-paying positions, apprenticeships, and internships before the big-money starts coming in.

On the other hand, the investment wealthy is completely different. These are the people that merely sit back and manipulate money without truly contributing to anything in society. A vast majority of this class is born into money and they use investments into stocks and bonds as well as tax loopholes to generate their money without actually contributing much to society as a whole.

What makes the investment wealthy so different from the working wealthy is their ability to use manipulative techniques to avoid paying taxes. While the working wealthy are rich, they do not have AS many resources or connections to manipulate tax laws the way that the investment wealthy can. The investment wealthy has access to overseas banking accounts to wash money though. The investment wealthy can afford lawyers to comb over tax laws and find loopholes for ridiculous prices. This is tax evasion that the working wealthy simply does not have access to.

That is why it is so incredibly important to make sure that we distinguish between the two when discussing tax policy. When we use blanket statements like "tax the rich," we forget the real reasons that the investment wealthy are able to pay such low taxes now. Imposing a larger marginal tax rate will only give them more incentive to move around taxes while squeezing the working wealthy even more.

Because of this, in our taxation discourse, we need to focus first on making sure people pay their taxes, to begin with. Things like a tax of Wall Street speculation, capital gains taxes, a closing of loopholes, and a simplification of the tax code. These things will have a marked improvement in making sure that the investment wealthy actually pays the taxes we already expect of them now. If we stick to the same message, the only thing we will be changing is the rate that the uber-wealthy are avoiding.

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