There are few things I like to read more than a newspaper. If you're reading this, you probably agree with me, even if it's just a little.
In our day and age, that's a bold statement to hear from a college student. It's no secret that the changing world is taking a toll on the world of print journalism. Just look at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who laid off nearly a third of their newsroom just a few weeks ago.
Right after these layoffs came dozens of columns from journalists all over the world. Some of them were hopeful about the future; others were hopeless.
I like to be optimistic, and I'd like to think most other newspaper fans are, too.
One of my favorite columns that I read was by Connie Schultz, who was a writer for the Plain Dealer for 18 years. The column toasts all of the people who had a part in creating what you are holding in your hands right now.
"To the reporters who got into journalism not for cash or celebrity but to make a difference with their stories. It's not normal to wake up every morning hoping breaking news will send your entire nervous system into overdrive. Fortunately, normal is so overrated," reads the column -- "Another Round of Newspaper Cuts -- and a Toast."
Here's my optimism about journalism.
Whether you like to read the front page, glance at the sports pages or mull over the opinion pieces, each section is driven by one thing: passion. It's this passion that won't let these journalists burn out, no matter what technology is telling them.
This summer, I was lucky enough to get to know this passion by working as a intern at Record Publishing Co.
I walked into the newsroom with trepidation on the first day. I was set at ease as soon as I realized just how great of a newsroom staff your local paper has.
With an equal mix of creativity, intelligence and a quirky sense of humor, these reporters put their heart and souls into everything they write. They truly embody what it means to be passionate.
If you have never met a journalist from your local paper, I urge you to try to. There are few people quite as dedicated to the community as these folks are. If you get a chance, thank them for their efforts. There are few people that deserve more of a thanks.