Some years ago during a course I was attending at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, veteran editor and commentator Allister Sparks referred to journalists as “experts for a day”. It’s a good description. Typically, as a journalist, you arrive at work, are assigned a story and not only do you have quickly to come up to speed on the whys, whats and wheres, but also research the background in order to ask the right questions and to provide the reader with some kind of explanation on why, for example, the Oppenheimers pulled out of De Beers or our local municipality can’t get its act together when it comes to potholes.
- Extreme Environment by Ivo Vegter
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