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How can any writer truly know they have fulfilled their responsibilities

As a journalist covering a wide range of stories, I put in a lot of long hours. Not only researcher a story, interviewing someone or covering breaking news but also by writing the story as accurate and truth-worthy as possible. It's also my responsibility to inform on topics some might not want talked about. That's what freedom of the press is all about after all, informing the public.

Once anyone of my articles are published that's where my responsibility ends and yours begins. Your responsibility as a follower, a readers, a citizen. How my readers react to what I write tells me if I've done my job. Reacting is more than just a like, share or comment when it comes to covering news. It's about informing the public, getting people to talk about that news and even compel one to react.

Maybe you suddenly change something in your life. Maybe you decided to do something that changes what is happening in the world. I know there are a lot of media personnel who just want the headline, their five minutes in the spotlight but is that really what reporting the news is about? Isn't it about the issue?

At the end of the day have you fulfilled your responsibilities as a writer, an author, a blogger, a person? Just something to think about today...


Image Credit » photographer: Wendy Spickerman (Flood of 2015)

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Comments

markgraham wrote on January 13, 2016, 11:31 AM

I know I have fulfilled my writing purpose when I read the comments on what I have written and when my followers say they are looking forward to more.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 13, 2016, 9:35 PM

You pose a very important question. As a fiction writer, I feel I have done my job as an author when readers tell me my stories touched them emotionally, made them think differently about someone, or just brought them joy in the reading.

crowntower wrote on January 17, 2016, 11:26 PM

I guess as you are able to input a positive influence to your reader and make sure that you the people who interacts with your post is getting it right... I think is not yet the end of the responsibility,,, but to always keep on praying that each post will really give lights to whatever things they can use it for a greater cost or to little things that they need to change in their lives o thinking. It is not enough that they do understand but we must always do pray that it can get to them somehow that makes them move into a new light or a new hopes to be better and better each day.

MaggieD wrote on January 22, 2016, 9:05 PM

Yes, it is about informing readers about the issue.