It’s no secret that newspaper reporters don’t make very much money. They’re some of the lowest paid professionals with four-year degrees that you’ll find in the workforce.

But, my job covering crime and breaking news for the local paper, means I come in contact with people who are much, much worse off than I am. One day, I’ll be whining and thinking I’m behind my peers when it comes to pay, when I meet a person twice my age who just lost their house or who can’t afford to bury their child that just died in a car accident. It puts your wealth into perspective.

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