Being journalist is a way to implement my passion in writing. Recent days, I try to be journalist in one of online mass media in Makassar. Assigned to run my duty in Makassar house representative, I almost every day look for news in regard with politics. My first experience to gain data in this place is when a legislator held press conference about upcoming succession of Makassar’s mayor. Actually, writing news is not new for me. Being a freelance writer for some years, I have been getting work in range of writing types like writing a book and writing news with some styles.
Working as journalist was started with intention to help friend in developing his news portal. Shortly, I am helping him to build his business which has no enough resource. I get no salary for that because that has not been income.
But I get benefit of what I am doing. By being journalist with assignment in Makassar parliamentarian, I am able to know real experience in term of political dynamic which is rarely got in campus. Seeing what happen with politicians and politics, theory of political science will be tested with political reality. It is common thing that between portrayal of realty and political concept which is taught by lecturer or explained by books sometimes are incompatible.
It can be noted that theories of social science studies are not exact truth for long time. There are many concepts which change based on social and political change. Therefore, those who always engage directly in social and political reality will have more and updated insight, even with their observations, new theory will be created and eliminate the old theory.
I also fell happy with this work because I am the person who does not like to do something with rigid regulation. What I am doing now give me more freedom and more dynamic experience. I can meet various people with different characters that I can get lesson from them. I believe that by interacting with people, my knowledge about life unconsciously rises.
Frequent discussion at least hanging out with others is method of learning. Research also explains that the benefit of interacting or socialization with people is able to reduce stress people get. The reason is when people meet one another, they will share their problem and automatically the problem will decline.
I cannot deny that my work and other works always have challenges. Yet, I will not tell you about the obstacle on this article. It is enough to you that problem will not evade people who are fighting on something even as long as people are in word, the challenges will come to them. My other work is to enjoy what I have been doing. I have no idea how long I will run in journalist.
However, such the work is business in mass media although it has no financial profit yet. Yet, it is general reality for whoever who want to build the business. Sacrifices of doing the entrepreneur are the first step before moving to other steps. There is no successful business and all agendas without hard efforts to gain them.
~Makassar, 22 January 2019