I’m in Iowa City this week, filling in for a traditional-newspaper colleague. It’s odd. I left the newsroom less than four months ago, but it feels like a lifetime. Coming back is daunting, but, like riding a bike, it’s coming back to me in a hurry.
The parts I always liked, I still like — interaction with reporters, brainstorming stories, making them batty with my questions and insistence that we write for Joe Sixpack, not ourselves, and editing that copy to be its sharpest. And the parts that long ago lost their appeal? Well, the romance is still over.
That’s OK. It’s a brave new world, and I’m hopeful that the changes coming will push some of the dysfunctional things to the side. Will change fix everything? No, and that’s not the point. Seth Godin says it best in a blog post this week:
“The object isn’t to be perfect. The goal isn’t to hold back until you’ve created something beyond reproach. … Our birthright is to fail and to fail often, but to fail in search of something bigger than we can imagine. To do anything else is to waste it all.”