Journalism is a sprint and a marathon. No one in the NJBIZ newsroom knows this better than Jared Kaltwasser, who completed his first 26-mile race Sunday in the Niagara Falls area with a time of 5:01.36.
It's not surprising that a bunch of the reporters and editors in the NJBIZ newsroom are runners. Journalists must exhibit speed and endurance, and know which one is needed at which moment. The breaking news story is all about speed: finishing first while making sure you actually did finish (your story is accurate, fair and complete before it's posted). The investigative project is the endurance end of the business, slogging along with no idea where the finish line even is, much less when you might get there.
There's the competition aspect too, where the head and heart often do way more than the feet ever could. On the surface with running or journalism, you're trying to beat your competitors—the runners around you or the reporters in another newsroom. But in both, you're really competing with yourself. In running, it's beating your personal best or completing a certain distance. In journalism, it's setting some goal for the year, week, day or even hour, and beating it whether through speed or endurance.