Editor's Column - Mike Corbett

A couple of observations on paying attention to what’s important.

Editor Mike CorbettI opened one of those emails that come every now and then giving career advice. The subject was Jobs that are becoming obsolete. The idea is to discourage people from pursuing careers in those fields in order to avoid a career crisis down the road. #4 surprised and disappointed me: news reporter.

I realize that the media are changing and we have to keep up with technology. Traditionally, journalists have found employment at newspapers and that industry has taken a beating over the past decade. But the notion that there will be no place for news reporters to work in the future is downright frightening.

The need for impartial reporting has never been more urgent. Powerful people recognize the value in controlling the message and unless we have people who are trained to ask the tough questions, hold the powerful accountable and seek to report the truth impartially, our republic at all levels of government is in peril. A free and inquisitive press is not optional in a democracy; it’s a fundamental part of the process, enshrined in the First Amendment. We must always have a place for good news reporters to work.

I am gratified when I meet bright young college students eager to pursue journalism as a career. We must ensure they have a fulfilling career track. I sincerely hope the survey is wrong.

Don’t Wait

I was attending a meeting at a local performance venue, the Logan Street Sanctuary, in Noblesville a few weeks ago. The conversation turned to how, even though quality acts are appearing, and its reputation is growing regionally, attendance was very low, like in single digits some nights.

I was elated when John Gilmore bought building and fixed it up a few years ago. It was real community effort. Volunteers painted, designed and renovated until this little gem shined. Musical acts followed and I presumed everything was going along fine. But I was reminded that the work didn’t end when the place was fixed up.

We are lucky to have a place like this in our community. Ever since my college days I have sought out the local coffee houses and community theaters where I live and visit. They are a sign that a community is serious about its local culture; that it cares enough to give local and visiting performers a place to showcase their talent.

But if we ignore these little gems, they will go away. I am making a new years resolution early this year to do better job of supporting my local arts venues, specifically the Logan Street Sanctuary and others as well.

What’s important to you? Are you cultivating it? Don’t wait. If you wait too long it may be gone.

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