“Strong ought to bear the failings of the weak.”
Sports writers are never second best journalists.
To some, being a sports enthusiast is the lighter side of discovering the beauty and madness of the world, knowing the ups and downs of sportsmen without getting involved in demolitions, impeachment trials or rallies.
People recognize our write-ups as our sole purpose why we engaged ourselves in journalism. To many, we are those who are interested on how vying teams clash for gold, how ball games stir school pride, how athletes capture stardom, or how much players and coaches get for pay, to mention a few.
Likewise, the first impression to us, sports writers, is that we are aficionados, fanatics in layman’s term. What is being overlooked is that despite our becoming ‘sports-minded’ we remain watchdogs to the society’s needs and struggles.
Of course, we have to meet the expectation of our readers but it does not absolutely mean that when one’s into sports writing it directly reflects his lifestyle. Honestly, our news has nothing to do with our personal lives. Writing is. It is actually our life.
We are brought up to bear the infirmities of the weak, and yes, not to please ourselves.
Whether we write sports, news or features, none of these make us less of a writer. We are shaped to excel in our field and increase our awareness in the society at the same time.
As student journalists, we write to influence. We do not just write as if we always win the plum in the Finals, but we write because life’s battles push us to reveal and speak up. To write is to choose, indeed.
We may not be a part of any basketball craze but we are, absolutely, involved in a game called life.
We have flaws and problems of our own. Just like any of us, we go on with our normal lives and breathe. Still, we are never exempted in upholding and defending the interest and welfare of our readers. It is our concern to advance and protect the right of every student to seek, receive and impart information to any medium without any interference.
At the end of the day, we are journalists. We may write with our sports lingos but we will always play an adversarial role to the studentry, and to the mass.
We are not just writers who rejoice whenever UE succeeds or when Pacman raises the Philippines. We are journalists who remain as catalysts of change, and communicators of the truth.