Attitude makes world of difference

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 March, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 March, 2003, 12:00am

'All of you have missed the point,' hissed a man sitting on stage. 'The story is about our team, how we worked together!'

Sighing, I reminded myself that he had good reasons to be overly excited.

It was already 30 minutes into the press conference. But thanks to his effort in cutting short his teammates' replies to our 'off the mark' questions, a lot of facts and figures remained unclear.

Annoying as he was, he was not the worst among them. Some treated us like pests.

It often amazes me how people give others a hard time.

It is true that the behaviour of some reporters has given the media a bad reputation, but that does not mean all reporters are dumb and nasty.

It is like saying all the students in a class are lazy and stupid because 10 of them failed a test.

Fortunately, there are still many nice people out there who are willing to talk to us and share information with us.

We may not necessarily share the same views, but I often leave with respect and gratitude for them.

The way they see the world adds new dimensions to my own interpretation. Listening to their adventures broadens my horizons.

Yet the most delightful moments for me are the unexpected ones.

A retired man once wrote and asked me how to contact an association through which he could share his hobbies with others.

Soon after a profile on a musician I wrote was published, a cheerful young mother called me asking about music lessons for her one-year-old boy.

Being able to help these people and share their joy made me a much happier person. Nice people make our job as a reporter more interesting and rewarding.

Ms Yow is a Young Post reporter