I kind of knew before I started my daily practice that I wouldn’t have time for the press briefing today, I had been going every day for over a year, and it was one of the best experiences. I wrote a bit about it at the time but it was the best way to learn about journalism. Listening to all of the reporters and giving a human experience to so many of the news organizations is vital. It should be required viewing at some point for anyone interested in our world’s culture. Journalists are some of the brightest and most brave individuals I’ve ever met, even in passing. I was there for them. My family has a history in journalism, and some of my favorite writers who aren’t journalists got their start there. It’s a beautiful form, a series of questions instead of answers, a researcher’s mind. I felt an instant kinship. Officiated by White House staff, I deeply asked my own questions in my mind and heard what they had to say. I put together a Twitter list with as many of them as I could find the names of in passing, I missed so many but I’ll still keep up with the Press Corp there.
It’s possible that my understanding of our country happened in the hour-long press briefings, so many different views, conservative, liberal, and internationally focused, brought a completely different world into my consciousness, and it was exhilarating to watch. But I’m getting too busy to keep up, I may view occasionally but in the amount of news I read it just means I get to what they’re looking for an hour or two after the briefing. I’m trying to reduce my news intake so I can be more focused in the day, and this was something I really needed. I don’t know any of them but I do know my work is seen, so I’d like to spend one entry just stating very impactfully that journalism is the cornerstone of our democracy. The Washington Post goes so far to say that “Democracy dies in darkness”, I’m not sure that that is extreme at all. the press is a vital form of every aspect of our culture. It was a deep honor to hear directly from them, but it’s become something I’ll have to let go of. I’ll never get a sash from Jen Psaki for being one more person watching the briefings. But I was there because I feel like sometimes my experience is a platform to allow for the sight of information, and I don’t regret a single second I was there.
Good luck everyone, you’ve got really difficult jobs to do, and I’m sure I’ll see you occasionally on twitter, thank you for being here for our country, and good luck the rest of the way, we need it now more than ever.