Primary motivation: Understanding the world and explaining it clearly.
The Systems Analyst
Being such an open minded person I am always open to new ideas and innovations. With a crave to gather in-depth information and understanding what’s in-front of me I like to understand different systems and the way they work.
In particular I love to give people a voice. Being a foreign correspondent with a specialty in travelling abroad and investigating different cultures would be a dream position for me. I like to find out why and how something happens or has happened and then inform the world of my findings. I think giving everyone a voice is essential to a democratic society – something that can be very difficult for people living in certain countries with norms and values restricting them from freedom of expression. It would be rewarding for me as an international journalist to give those people a voice, listening to them and find patterns and root causes within their society.
According to Matt Thompson’s 4 Types of Journalists piece: it explains a Systems Analyst as a person who likes to underpin a story. Revealing mysteries in society about a particular topic or concern which reaches “far beyond a news cycle”. I think that is what is important to me is creating journalism with a sense of genuine care and not just hard-reporting.
I would feel comfortable writing features about a broad range of things, as I think it would be more stimulating to explore different topics.
As a journalist I want to inspire my audiences in a way that connects with them. Whilst reading my pieces I want them to feel that I am addressing things that concern them. Real writing can arouse all sorts of emotion in people and that is something Gina Kolata has done excellently – who works for the New York Times – with an expertise in science and medicine. She investigates and gives explanations to many phenomena’s that society questions. Adding to her career pathway she has always written many books in her time, including Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss and the Myths and Realities of Dieting. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).
A system analyst shows progression with their insight and develops new ideas and insights to a degree of information. Gina Kolata wrote a piece titled: ‘A Place Where Cancer Is the Norm’.
This level of reporting requires a huge amount of investigation into the lives of ordinary citizens, experiencing fear and worry of the illness. She has not only given the viewpoint of a patient who has flown in from a far-away point in the world, but also from doctors themselves about looking after patients and offering them special treatment for the incurable disease.
Aswell as a remarkable amount of bravery being taken into consideration here, patience is an essential tool too. Building relationships and communicating in the appropriate form to really understand how people feel, why they feel the way they do and what can be done about it.
Rolling news and keeping audiences informed with the world matters to, of course, as well as the developed understanding of certain scenarios which remained and will continue to remain an important aspect to people in our society.
This is the way by which I can relate to Gina is that she investigates into the hearts of a certain system. I want nothing more than to understand our world more than I already do, think outside the box, and learn new things.
I want to travel and really immerse myself with different cultures to compare and contrast different perspectives. I think this is key when trying to offer some sort of explanation for a posed question.
With a reliable metabolism I think this angle in journalism would suit me most. I am a versatile person so demonstrating my findings across multiple platforms would be fantastic for me, reporting from around the world on the radio, TV and through print. Being an editor for a publication and looking over the pieces as well as finding new, engaging ideas would be a roll that could suit my personality. Being flexible and getting involved is something an editor is highly responsible for.