"It's the hardest job you'll ever love." Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and foreign correspondent, Michael Matza said at Media Day. Media Day was held at BC3 on Wednesday. Siani Lee, the KYW-3 Eyewitness News anchor and Matza joined for a morning to discuss a little about the life of reporting.
Lee received the Philadelphia Emmy Award for anchoring Channel 3 Eyewitness News.
Matza started working at the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1987 and became a two- time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He also received the honor of receiving the Roy. W. Howard Award for community service.
"I've gotten to do things I wouldn't have done if I had to foot the bill." Matza said about his career throughout the years.
Matza has interviewed a death row inmate just weeks before getting killed. He has dodged bullets in the streets of Ramallah during one of the bloodiest battles between Palestinian and Israeli forces. Matza was also there when the T.W.A flight came crashing down to report on the lifeless victims. After experiencing so much while reporting, it is o.k. to say that reporting just might be an extreme sport.
Lee became motivated to become a broadcaster when a teacher in her speech class told her to go into broadcasting after viewing videotape she made of a speech.
Siani Lee’s first job was an internship at a radio station. Lee later received her first television job when she met with the news director of CBS. Lee later applied and got the job editing the 6:00 news.
"Don't expect to make a ton of money, it's a struggle." Said Lee.
She remembered one of her first jobs as a part time editor in 1985. It paid only $6.00 an hour. Her initial reporting job bumped her up to a measly $17,000 a year.
Matza wrote his first printed story about tattooing in Massachusetts, which brought him in a few hundred dollars.
Since the money is not what attracts people into the field of journalism, Lee feels that on the other hand self-satisfaction is priceless. "When you cover a great story… there's a lot of satisfaction in that… I think it's a worthwhile career to get into."
"If you think that all is involved, is showing up, getting your hair and makeup done and then reading from a script, you're wrong… I do a lot of rewriting and behind the scene work." Said Lee.
"The hardest thing about reporting is making sure that you are being fair in a controversial story," Lee said.
"As a reporter, you will be asked to battle things you don't agree with, you have to make sure to get both sides of the story." Lee said.
Matza believes that reporting requires an open mind.
"A reporter's first responsibility is to get the news out to the public, to break the news." Said Matza.
For future journalists, ready to live their life in the fast lane like Matza, he advises," Work hard, dream big. Your dreams are as valid as your prepared to make them."