Four Lessons from Losing a Journalism Job
Melanie Coulson

Four terrific lessons, Melanie. I especially relate to No. 4. I was a newspaper reporter and editor for 30 years. Even though I voluntarily — and eagerly — took a buyout in 2008, nothing prepared me for the emotional jolt of losing my career identity. Suddenly, on Nov. 9, 2008, I was no longer “Steve Woodward of The Oregonian.” Embarrassingly, I didn’t even know how to introduce myself to strangers. The years since then have taught me that I am many things: a teacher, a media entrepreneur, a husband, a father and a grandfather. And with or without an institution appended to my name, I am and always will be a journalist.