June 22, 2017

It’s especially easy to feel isolated when you work at a small news outlet that gets little audience feedback. Every day I go into work, I put out a newscast, and pretty much every day I can’t help but wonder, is anyone listening.?

Then, just when I think I haven’t made a dent, a story of mine gets picked up by another station and aired for all of Texas to hear.

A short voicer I did on metro areas in the state that are seeing median housing prices sink (despite that housing prices nationally have been going pretty much nowhere but up in most markets for more than a year) got added to the noon newscast on the Texas Standard today. And the reason that’s cool is not so much because colleagues I respect a lot used some of my work, it’s because times like this are a reminder that if you put in the effort, if you just give it a shot, things can actually happen. And if you don’t give it a shot, nothing happens at all.

It’s a really simple, probably cliche message, but it’s amazing how easy it is to forget that the best way to get something done is to try. It’s also a timely reminder that whether anyone’s listening or not, it’s my job to do the best work I can. But it sure is nice to know that what I’m doing is doing some good.