Journalistic Sight

In the “Shadowhunters” franchise of books by Cassandra Clare – I guess that’s what someone would call it, there are four main groups of people: Shadowhunters, Downworlders, mundanes, and people who have what’s called the Sight.

Shadowhunters are half angel badass warriors who fight demons.

Downworlders are vampires, werewolves, warlocks, etc.

Mundanes are regular people who don’t know anything about the first two

And people with the Sight can see everything in the Shadow World (demons, etc) but they can’t do anything about it because they are powerless.

Now that I’ve got the basics out of the way, I’ll dive into the metaphor.

One Sunday recently, Mom and I went out for a day trip. I was still reading Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and I had Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” in my ears. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Journalists have the Sight. That is, we can see everything, but we’re on the edge of it. We don’t necessarily stick to covering a certain industry, unless that industry is our beat or we’re investigating something.

I say “we” because I count myself among the journalists. It is my dream job, after all. And I was still on cloud nine because of what had happened the night before. Cecilia Vega, ABC News Senior White House Correspondent, replied to and liked my tweets.

So it was a pretty good weekend that reminded me that yes, I actually want to be a journalist, don’t mind if I do.


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