What does it take to be on the team?
Passion, I reply. And with passion comes the gutsy grit it takes to do this work. (Grit that we sometimes don’t think we possess.)
Never underestimate the courage it takes for us to show up.
The weeks of planning and research lead to the day where we pack up our gear, we pocket our goals, we shelve our expectations and we set out at sunrise. Along the way we admit to each other: We’re not sure what’s going to happen. We’re all nervous, but we’re all brave. We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t.
These are the kind of people on my teams:
- The showing-up kind.
- The nervous-but-brave kind.
- The this-is-why-I-chose-journalism-kind.
- The change-the-world kind.
- The this-is-the-hardest-story-I’ve-ever-written-kind.
- The I’ve-never-done-this-before-but-I’m-doing-it-now kind.
They show up in soup kitchens.
They listen to homeless and hungry people.
They have conversations with priests and nuns and pastors.
They slip into back rows at church and take communion when invited.
They make U-turns so they can talk to a group of people on the street.
They show up in places and conversations that most people avoid.
They are self-aware.
They know these stories are changing them; they still choose to tell them.
These are the kind of people on my teams.
Maybe you’re one of them.
If you’re interested in being part of our team next spring, check out our internship guidelines and how to apply.