From an early age, Roy Beck realized that one of his true passions in life was journalism. He had a deeply rooted need to get to the bottom of issues that he felt were important. He wanted to uncover the truth and spread it as far and as wide as he could. Based on that, it should come as no surprise that his journalism career began in Washington, D.C. This was after he completed his education at the famous University of Missouri School of Journalism.
During this early period in his career, he was a chief correspondent for the famous Booth Newspaper chain. All told, he spent more than three decades in this position, spending time in more than 30 states while on-the-job and traveling to over 12 countries across the globe.
As the years went on, Roy Beck learned a variety of valuable lessons about journalism and life in general. First, he came to understand the true importance of a concept called pluralism. He also quickly realized that absolutely everyone has their own opinions on every subject. That means that they also have certain biases that come along with them. This is just a fact of life and for a journalist to do his or her job effectively, they need to be able to reconcile these two core ideas.
Based on all of this, Roy Beck learned that it was crucial to someone’s success to be as honest with themselves as possible. The key to overcoming your biases and acting objectively involves recognizing that they’re present in the first place. If you can’t do that, you can still be a great writer – but an objective observer and reporter of the truth is another thing entirely.
If you cannot totally et rid of those biases, you can instead come to a better understanding of what they are, where they come from and what influence they have.
It was with this mentality that, when he left his career in journalism, Roy Beck founded NumbersUSA. This is a grassroots organization that is composed of an Internet-based network of more than nine million United States citizens. NumbersUSA was originally founded in 1996 and in that time Roy Beck has also served as the president of the organization as well.
At its core, Roy Beck is a collective that advocates for the reduction of immigration to more manageable levels. Beck and his colleagues aim to be a part of the solution, offering insight and advice that they’ve learned throughout the years leading up to this point.
NumbersUSA and Roy Beck: An Overview
The approach of Roy Beck and his colleagues at NumbersUSA is seen by many to be unique and somewhat innovative, especially given everything going on in the political landscape that we’re now living in. Today, far too many people have hard “black and white” opinions on a particular topic, and they refuse to even entertain the possibility that something might be different. This is true of people of all political affiliations.
Roy Beck, on the other hand, is putting those lessons he learned in his journalism career to good use. Whenever he encounters a person who has an opinion that is different from his, even if it is diametrically opposed, he always makes th effort to be fair in whatever discussion takes place after that. He wants to understand other opinions so that he can question his own in the healthiest and productive way possible.
For Roy Beck, one of the biggest issues he sees with the political landscape today is that while people are coming together, they tend to do so based on ideologies. That makes it difficult for people on opposite ends of an argument to come together quickly to take action and form an opinion.
That’s why, with NumbersUSA, Roy Beck wanted to do something different. People from all walks of life have joined the organization over the years, including those on the left, those on the right, independents, and more. It’s about people coming together to find a solution, not amplify the original problem through division.
In the end, Roy Beck has helped NumbersUSA grow into one of the largest organizations of its type in the country. Hopefully others are able to learn from the examples that they are setting on a daily basis when they start similar organizations of their own.