Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Field Trips

Professional Fun & Games

“[A]s much responsibility as our profession carries, we have a comparative advantage in having fun. Being a journalist is endlessly exhilarating. Most people stop taking field trips after they leave grade school. Journalism is one field trip after another. We can knock on any door and ask questions. And if they don’t let us in, we can go around to the back.”

 John Maxwell Hamilton, journalist, author, journalism educator & provost, LSU, 2002

• Editorial Comment: My first editor taught me that journalism is a license to be curious, and ask questions that are none of your goddamn business. 

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
Pease Family, 1972

PeezPix. ted.pease@gmail.com

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Ted Pease, Professor of Interesting Stuff, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. ted.pease@gmail.com.
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