In his famous tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, renowned poet and playwright William Shakespeare penned these words: “Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news; give to a gracious message an host of tongues, but let ill tidings tell themselves when they be felt.”
I would dare to offer a contrasting viewpoint to Shakespeare’s seemingly wise anecdote. In today’s age of international violence, governmental corruption, and economic woes being felt more than ever, not sharing “ill tidings” would be impractical for a society pleading for recovery.
Consequently, the world depends on journalists who dig deep to uncover significant details that keep them in the know of critical facts. Those details may at times bring the “bad news” Shakespeare wrote about. Yet, those very details impact people’s lives. This is why I chose the rewarding field of journalism, seizing each day as a new opportunity to improve my craft as a storyteller.
- Brent Solomon