Dear Editors, Managing Editors, Editors-In-Chief, Publishers, General Managers, Content Managers and Community Managers of media outlets in Ontario:
You need to hire me.
You need to hire me to go out into the world and talk with people and gather their stories. You need to hire me to write those stories down so that they can circulate among other people, so that our communities can be informed and we can move forward with a little more knowledge and understanding than we had yesterday.
You need to hire me to capture all sides of the story.
You need to hire me while I am still young. You need to hire me while I have all the energy in the world and come with no strings attached – no roots, no family, no responsibility other than for myself.
You need to hire me because I refuse to let this essay by Michael Enright get me down.
You need to hire me because I am on board with change. I am always up for trying something new. I see the silver lining. I see the importance of this industry and I am determined to see it thrive in new ways.
Take advantage of my youthfulness! Make good use of my enthusiasm, determination, passion and idealism. Take advantage of my existing skills and open mind. Add to my knowledge and experience. Teach me everything you know. Mould me into the greatest story generating/chasing/writing machine you have ever met. I am open and willing, and I will make this task easy on you.
In return I will show you and the community I work in intense dedication and loyalty. I will give every task my greatest effort. I will surprise you in the best possible ways. And I will make you smile.
The bottom line is this: You need to hire me because I see media outlets as the glue that keeps communities connected. Member to member, member to government, class to class, province to province and so on. This is what I am most passionate about. And passionate people do the best work.
I sincerely look forward to speaking with you.