I loved being a journalist.
Pros: occasionally making a difference -- albeit, a small one -- in the community
I was hired as a part-time editorial writer for The Eagle before I had my undergraduate degree and stayed with my hometown newspaper for many years before the industry slipped into an ongoing malaise that has since worsened. I especially loved being able to write editorials or stories that prompted change and in small ways, made Wichita a better place. Over time, however, I felt the paper's commitment to the city falter in ways that I did not agree with and had no say over. I decided reluctantly in 2008 that it was best for me to pursue other employment and accepted a voluntary buyout.