Design of an Exemplar Study
Every life features seminal events and watershed moments that leave indelible marks. Some burn enduring lessons into the consciousness. This chapter examines the often gripping and sometimes traumatic experiences that the media exemplars point to as pivotal in their life story narratives. Many exemplars described the importance of experiences of failure in building strengths that later helped them succeed professionally. They also discussed what could be called defining moments of their professional lives that have been incorporated into their self-identities. The psychology literature is rich with explorations of the significance and meanings of various types of momentous life events. The chapter focuses on Bennis and Thomas's use of the term to refer to the experiences that the media exemplars discuss as critical or formative in their lives as well as their responses to them. It also talks about ownership of own ideas and journalism career.