In the era of 24x7 news, breaking stories and live coverage, the 13-year-old daughter of a long-serving journalist writes an open letter to the Editor-In-Chief of her father’s media organisation. A journalist’s life very often involves long and rigorous work hours, frequent travel with hardly any time at home. While people from other professions may get to spend quality time with family for public holidays or religious festivals, the job of a reporter is to always follow the news, no matter the time or day. Reproduced below is the full letter:
My name is XXX, daughter of Mr XXX of XXX TV. I am writing this mail to you to inform about the hard work my father puts into this tough job.
Before I can begin, I would like to say that this mail is not motivated by anyone but as an individual myself. I see my father only once in a day, or even worse once in five days if he travels out for news. But now he is not that young to just get up at 12 'o' clock in the night and go anywhere and everywhere. I, like every other child would love to spend time with my father. Even if he takes a day off, he is being called for almost every silly thing that breaks out that day.
I have noticed that whenever he is at home he feels so stressed out, yet with his phone in his hand. I agree it is his job to do so, but for every single thing, my father is getting pulled in. I hope you can understand.
To conclude. I would request that, out of 7 days in a week, grant him rest one whole day off. That day, if he says he is off, grant him rest. I hope you would understand as a father.