Sarah Burris, a very active youth blogger based in Kansas, took my post ‘The Truth, I Need It,” to a new level last night. I received a Tweet that read, “Sarah Burris has responded to your post with…“The End of an Erica.” At first, my stomach dropped. The title seemed dire. Then, upon reading it, I realized this. I, we, are not alone.
And with that, the support for “The Truth” started to pour in. From @EvanSummers, a young political activist wrote: “That seriously is one of the most direct and scathing insight on the state of the industry that I’ve read in a long time. Well done.”
From a web producer and social media guru working inside mainstream media, I got a simple, “F*ck Yeah.”
From a DePaul University (and a Suma Cum Laude in the Journalism school), Molly Horan, I saw that she linked to me and urged her Facebook followers: “YOU NEED TO READ IT.”
But perhaps the best conversation came late last night, from a talented freelancer in Washington, who G chatted me to say she valued the piece. We agreed the conversation was one we “need to have” but that, with the recent loss of Walter Cronkite, we are both reminded that for them, there was at least a path. For us, we are searching for a way forward without much support from those before us.
It reminded me of this. Something Helen told me right before I went to the RNC last August. “This is the most difficult time I have ever seen for a young person to enter the business.”
All I could do was let silence fill the room, and then I asked, “How can that be? Even compared to what you went through?”
“Yes. Even more.”
It is true. We have our challenges ahead of us, but as I told my friend over G Chat, the greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity and reward. So let’s do this and fix this problem together.