When Matt Thompson took the Myers-Briggs test a few years ago, it got him thinking about the different types of journalists and how they work. He eventually categorised journalists into four types; the storyteller, the newshound, the systems analyst, and the provocateur.
The storyteller adds drama to a news piece and allows the reader to relate to the story and what is happening in it.
Meanwhile the newshound is what investigative journalists really are according to Thompson. They are curious and always looking for and uncovering new facts.
The systems analyst is one who picks out the details in a story and finds information that no one usually thinks about or looks for.
The last, but not the least is the provocateur. This type of journalist inspires his or her readers to look at stories from different perspectives and poses questions that make them think instead of just presenting facts.
When I looked over my assessments, the type of news I am interested in, and the way I present news, I realised that I am part storyteller and part newshound.
I am part storyteller because I love to narrate stories and dramatise everything. My style of writing always helps the current generation to relate with me, yet I am able to change it in order to connect with other generations as well. However, I am aware that this is not always the ideal way to present stories and may bring the attention of the readers away from the important information in the news piece.
The other half of me is the newshound because I’m always curious and love to find something that the rest of the world does not know about yet. When I was younger, my father used to reprimand me saying that I needed to stop being so curious, while others would agree and mention the proverb “curiosity killed the cat”.
I believe in holding power to account, which according to Richard Mulgan is keeping the public informed and aware of what is happening and making sure that those with power are not misusing it. This, according to me is why journalism exists, so that people all around the world are made aware of what is happening where they are living and what is happening a thousand miles away from them.
This is what I am interesting in pursuing in my journalism career. I want to expose corruption and make sure that those without money and power are not suffering because of those who do have the money and power.
I want to find stories and be present when an event is taking place, and then write it up later, rather than sitting at a desk all day and designing magazines and newspapers. We all have to begin somewhere, so I would start with being a staff journalist and work my way up to the top where I will be able to run my own journalistic operation. However, I also see myself reporting news on television and possibly having my own television show.
My own journalistic operation will not just have a bunch of reporters writing stories and showing the world how people are being exploited. I want to expose corruption as well as aide those who are affected by it. For example Venezuela is a highly corrupt country according to Sky News and there are no basic goods due to high levels of inflation.
Now many news organisations are talking about the crisis in Venezuela, yet not all of them are trying to help the people in the country directly. I want to provide basic goods for these individuals while reporting news about what is happening in the area.
These are my goals for my future career in journalism, where I want to run my own operation and help people around the world by exposing corruption.