Perennial Adolescents

Monday, February 5, 2007
"Good reporters are perennial adolescents--restless, skeptical, petulant, compulsively inquisitive. Whether they serve at home or abroad, they enjoy unique privileges. They hobnob with presidents and royalty: the glamorous, the celebrated, the mythical. Many of them are chronic adventures who cannot resist the urge to risk their skins in war."
-Stanley Karnow, "From Packrat to Historian"

I don't think shoe leather reporting, or really any kind of reporting is that glamorous most of the time, but I think it's a good quote to consider when thinking about what makes reporters do it. It's not for the glamour as much as it's that insatiable adolescence.

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