The Times photo by Aaron Snyder
The Times photo by Aaron Snyder

I didn’t become a journalist to get rich or to be thanked. 

I became a journalist because I liked collecting news, taking photos, writing stories and sharing it with the public.

I liked writing about things that have happened and things that readers might not have known about already. 

I liked interviewing people, listening to them share their experiences and crafting those experiences into a story.

And I liked providing readers with information that they need to make decisions about their communities, their government and their lives. 
As do most journalists. 

So if you like reading your Times newspaper, which is published in print and sent out as an e-edition every day of the week except for Sunday and Tuesday, thank a journalist.

If you like reading your Times or other news online, thank a journalist.

If you like watching your news on the television or listening to your news on the radio, thank a journalist.

Yes, today is “Thank a Journalist Day,” a nationwide campaign that was initiated by advertising and public relations students at Ball State University in Muncie, just a 50-minute drive from Noblesville.

Our readers can participate by thanking a journalist on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag, #thankajournalist. 

In the Hoosier state, Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb even proclaimed today as “Thank a Journalist Day.” 

The day is “intended to enlighten the public about their right to information and the opportunities granted to them by the First Amendment,” Holcomb wrote in his signed proclamation. “The state of Indiana expresses its sincere thanks and appreciation for journalists, reporters and media professionals for the services they perform for the residents of the state and their local communities,” he said.

The day is coordinated with Sunshine Week, March 10-16, a celebration -- of access to public information -- in its fifth year, during which the American Society of News Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists recognize “the hard work of journalists, including, print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, nonprofits, schools and libraries.”

I’m not writing about this day because I want a thank you. I’m writing about this day so that our readers are better informed. 

As a journalist who has written about Noblesville for nearly 36 years, I encourage you to continue to send us your story ideas, the people, places and things that you want to read more about in the newspaper, and ways that we can better serve you. Write to the email below or send me a message on Facebook.

And while the method of receiving journalists’ news has changed through the years, The Times has adapted, offering news the way you want it, in print, as an e-edition via email, online on the web, and a mobile version.

If you’re reading this, thank a teacher. Also, thank a journalist.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com. For more about BSU’s “Thank a Journalist Day” initiative, read more at www.thetimes24-7.com