My sister recently sent me this photo with the message, “Found this while cleaning some old drawers. Please refresh my memory as to what’s going on in this photo.” This made me chuckle. My old boss at the Tahoe World newspaper took this shot of me in 2005 when I was reporting a story on the day in the life of the North Tahoe fire department. They thought it would be fun for me to dress up in this deep-water rescue outfit (I don’t recall it being that fun). But there’s one thing this photo really does make me think about: Being a journalist - whether you’re at a local newspaper or a national magazine or a website - is really about stepping into someone else’s shoes. Seeing other people’s perspectives on issues and relaying that information to the reader. And sometimes, that means putting on a goofy, waterproof, yellow suit.

My sister recently sent me this photo with the message, “Found this while cleaning some old drawers. Please refresh my memory as to what’s going on in this photo.” This made me chuckle. My old boss at the Tahoe World newspaper took this shot of me in 2005 when I was reporting a story on the day in the life of the North Tahoe fire department. They thought it would be fun for me to dress up in this deep-water rescue outfit (I don’t recall it being that fun). But there’s one thing this photo really does make me think about: Being a journalist - whether you’re at a local newspaper or a national magazine or a website - is really about stepping into someone else’s shoes. Seeing other people’s perspectives on issues and relaying that information to the reader. And sometimes, that means putting on a goofy, waterproof, yellow suit.