I figure I've been lucky ... I've been 'there' when newsworthy business news events happened ... observed them up close, and then wrote about them. And now I teach them as well. As a broadcaster, I value involvement in media venues that provide at least some ideas or information to those looking for solutions to the problems that bedevil us all. As a financial journalist, I get to observe fresh new business developments and incorporate them -- along with my research and first-hand interviews with business newsmakers -- into my community college lectures. That means that with my students I can go more effectively from textbook theory to real-life practice.
Earlier, I grew up in the 1960's but didn't smoke pot so maybe I missed something but I did experience the loosening of old time mores and a huge explosion in ideas and politics, just as I was studying at Ryerson University here in Toronto.
Also in the 1960's, I didn't do anti-war marches so maybe I missed something but I remember the shock to established values that the Vietnam caused for any thinking person at the time and how it changed forever our concepts of war, international politics and patriotism. Along with Watergate, the Vietnam War also changed some of the things we believe about a journalist's responsibilities and the pressures under which he or she fulfills those responsbilities. In fact it re-defined some long-held concepts about journalism and story-telling.
Later, I didn't live and breathe the 'Roots' phenomenon so maybe I missed something but I did grasp the effect on society of our multicultural roots and the infusion of literature from far and wide.
I've worked long and hard in American radio and journalism but I didn't move to the United States after University like some of my communications school friends so maybe I missed something. Still, I've had the good fortune to work in the media of both countries and try to understand the media in each one. I didn't get a job at the CBC when that was a good thing to do -- so maybe I missed something but I did get a job at TV Ontario which was a great lesson in how to work in ideas, the satisfaction in doing that and the real meaning of 'low-budget production'.
I also decided at quite an early age that working in media and ideas meant that I would never be bored and never be rich. So far, I'm pleased to report that my teenage assessments were absolutely correct -- especially about the relationship between working in ideas and and restricted fiscal growth ---the 'never get rich' part. However, I stand ready to revise my thinking on that at any time.
I figure that if one can spend life working in ideas and their execution - and make decent money at the same time, life probably does not get much better than that.