To be a media practitioner is now hardly an attractive career option. The market is flooded with all manner of talent, both raw and refined. The unbridled storytelling passion of yore has given way to vain quests for fame and fortune. Legacy journalism is constantly being devalued, and not many a journalist is adding value to their legacy.
Indeed, media managers, pacesetters and trendsetters ought to re-examine the kind of legacy they are leaving behind, as they exit the stage, or approach the final bend in their illustrious careers.
- Did you allow others to thrive, or were you the one ensuring others don't survive?
- Were you among those taking the credit first, and feeling threatened by fast-rising talent?
- Or did you unselfishly push others to excel, and did not discredit their achievements?
- Will you be remembered for being a firm but fair boss, or will memories of you be laced with newsroom affairs, and failure to affirm professionalism?
- What kind of role model have you been, or do you believe you have no modelling role?
It's never too late to change your present, so that in future, your history will be honourable.