Don’t talk about things “real” journalists do. Don’t talk about things the “real” newspapers printed.

If you’re doing it right, you’ve woken up at 7 a.m. to take a phone call when you didn’t have class until noon.

You’ve taken a nap in a newsroom.

You’ve covered protests and city government infighting and deaths and crimes and administrative bad behavior.

You’ve walked into a bar covered in newsprint smudges.

You’ve foregone a party for a press conference.

You’ve scooped a bigger news outlet.

You’ve coaxed an important source onto the record.

You’ve made deadline with 2.5 seconds to spare.

You’ve spoken truth to power.

So stop talking about the things “real” journalists do.

You are a real journalist.