Greg Borowski

Senior Editor of Projects and Investigations, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Milwaukee, WI)

January 2005, first day of the semester. The hum of computers is broken by the clack of chalk as I write out the course number and my name. Students shuffle in, freshmen mostly, a hint of uncertainty in their eyes. I check the clock, then my watch. So much to cover: Leads, nut graphs, sourcing; clarity, context, accuracy. But also this, especially this: It is not enough to write well. You must have something to write about. You must have passion, empathy, discipline, purpose. I learned that here, starting in this very room. Now it’s my turn. “Good morning,” I say. “I used to be you.”

 

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