Well, let me tell you.
Ray asked us in class last week to brainstorm what the most significant implication of our project could be. So far, I’ve come up with a few.
The first is that I could paint an unflattering picture of professionals in the journalism field and some of my closest friends. Part of my project features interviews with journalists and peers of mine from the Daily. The interviews themselves are great, as each person has provided honest answers about moments in which they’ve entirely doubted working in/going into journalism. But currently, I’m struggling to figure out how to best transfer those to my site.
I worry about the worst case scenario. For example, one of my friends explained that he doesn’t see himself working in journalism for more than five years. If, God forbid, an employer found that statement, I don’t think it’d reflect very well on my friend. I know how unlikely that sounds, but it’s something weighing on my mind anyway. The obvious answer would seem to be anonymity, but I worry that may make the project seem less genuine or legitimate.
The second concern is probably more realistic. All of my writing is immensely personal. So far, I feel that I’ve done a good job of not holding back in my writing. But I don’t want the project to be void of my genuine feelings, and I don’t want a reader to misconstrue my writing as having a simple message like “I hate journalism” or “Journalism isn’t a viable profession.”
Right now, I think the content I’ve generated on the front-end of the project makes it clear that isn’t the case. But others may think otherwise.
So ultimately, what’s the worst that could happen? I’d say these two concerns sum it up pretty well.