I AM truly tired of the media being criticised in every form or fashion by governments/politicians, corporate bodies, down to the least of the citizenry.
Do these people stop to think that journalists are among the hardest-working in every country. And, on top of that, could at times be subjected to rude remarks. In my rookie days as social reporter for the Express, a freshman public relations officer of a large corporation offered me a place to sit. My reply that I preferred not to sit brought the snide reply “but am sure you will not refuse something to eat”. Forty years later I have never ever forgotten this individual who was meeting me for the very first time. Needless to say, I did not eat even an olive.
Journalists come to cover your morning, noon and night assignments; rain or shine; sometimes without taking the time for a meal, more interested in giving you the coverage you are seeking. For that matter, I have seen my colleagues who, in their haste to get your story into the next day’s paper, leave an evening assignment without a drink, just another thing people so wrongly think male journalists have to have.
In today’s very competitive world just remember that you do need us so, please stop the public harassment, as well as the innuendos.