Myung Oak Kim, expressed a common sentiment, that even working outside the field of journalism, Kim had managed to find work that stayed true to the ideals that had fueled her earliest journalistic ambitions:

In my heart, part of me will always be a journalist. But I’ve decided to move toward doing service work in my community rather than writing about what other people do. I believe that we all have something to contribute to society. I want to use my skills toward making positive change, which is one of the most noble goals of journalism.

And what of Lisa Bornstein, the “blacksmith in 1915”? She is now teaching fourth-grade in Denver, and says that her life is much better than it was at the Rocky. She writes:

My current job treats people with more respect than what I saw at the Rocky. I was bored the last few years at the Rocky and in my new field I am creatively and intellectually stimulated and feel that my efforts are valued. But I miss my friends in the newsroom a lot. I also miss going to work after it was light out.
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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner