By Teresa Francis Garcia
Since September 11th, one can venture to say that media is
entity in peoples lives. Its the medium that informed
of a new-world
that the image of an untarnished, happy-go-lucky
America is really no
longer. The state of the nation is entwined in a new dimension
But just because media can bridge the information gap between
a small town in America, doesnt make us untouchable.
Yes, its ironic that
in a time when information is so in-demand, we (the media)
are also on the
Unemployment is still on the rise. In October, 400,000 Americans
jobs. In the media sector, an estimated 100,000 jobs were
sliced in the past
year or so. I can relate because Im a number too! I
received my stations
"trick or treat" bag on October 31st, along with
numerous other colleagues.
That aura of "the people need us," "were
here to inform you of history
shattered. Sure we knew there were financial
rumblings at our
parent companys headquarters, but that was over yonder
in some bigger city.
We still hoped wed remain untouchable. The lesson: a
lean staff can always
be leaner, even skinny.
So, tis the season for a Christmas Shocker. Hello holidays,
I have until December 31st to stuff a paycheck into my holiday
then? Well, I take the cup is half-FULL attitude. Life charts
a variety of
courses for us, and the key to where you end up is heavily
based upon your
reaction to a situation. Of course, I have ambivalent feelings.
private person, it hurts to realize that you are dispensable.
businessperson, I understand the reality of the sour economy,
understand that seniority can rule the employee-axing list
(at least at our
station it applied). On one hand, it also saddened me because
I have a
fabulous folder of enterprising story ideas I planned on covering
community. On the other hand, my cup is half-FULL attitude
reminded me that
I can take these story ideas with me wherever I go. I own
my experience, my
craft, my ideas; and whichever new community I end up in,
I can share my
So, my advice: if you are delivered a Christmas Shocker this
season, take it
like one of those sweet n sour candies. First it tastes
tart and sour, and
then it dissolves into sweetness. Take that sour pink
slip, and focus on
it becoming a sweet new opening in your life. Let it be the
blessing in disguise. Search out a brand new job; its
just around the
corner. Youve just got to dig a little, like you would
anyway if youre
searching for an enterprising news story.
And remember: layoffs affect everyone, even the media. No
matter how much
news is in-demand when a tragic event hits the nation, we
all ride the same
roller coaster of life. You know that saying, "what goes
up, must come down"
Newtons law of gravity
also the law of perpetual motion
the roller coaster of life, of work, must eventually make
an ascent, again.
About the Author
Teresa Francis Garcia has been anchoring weather at KIMA-TV