NEWS GATHERING

1   The best job in town

‘Practically everyone works at high speed. Telephones ring, people shout, crises pop up all the time, and deadlines keep thundering down. It’s not an environment for the weak of heart.’

– PHILIP O. KIERSTEAD, ALL-NEWS RADIO*

Ask most journalists what they think about their chosen profession and the chances are they will bemoan the anti-social hours, unreasonable stress, flogging to meet constant deadlines, time wasted draped over the telephone, destruction of family life and home existence, but when the griping is over and you ask them what else they would rather do, the chances are they would shrug, smile and tell you, ‘nothing’.

Few professions can match broadcast journalism for its rewards in terms ...

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