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Dilbert: What makes you qualified to be a reporter?
Dogbert: I'm willing to violate anyone's privacy for my personal gain and then claim with a straight face that the public has a right to know.

"If I killed all the reporters, there'd be news from Hell before breakfast."
Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, on the reporters (whom he likened to spies) who would sneak into camp, interview loose-tongued soldiers, then publish secret information.

The Will: I'm impressed. I had an actual piece of this ship and a bloodhound to follow the scent... but we still nearly got beat here by the infamous Doff and Upsher.
Upsher: It's Upsher and Doff, motherfucker! Writers get first byline!

Jimmy Olsen: And I'm gonna get closer to whatever's messing up downtown.
Random Rescued Kid: What?! Why?
Jimmy: So I can take a picture of it.

Call me whacked, everyone does, just don't call me a Thrill Seeker. No, no, no. Perspective: car surfing's a thrill, sprinting across railway bridges is a thrill. War reporting isn't a thrill. It's an assignment, it's a duty. It's why they don't hand out Pulitzers for base jumping. It's about redefining your view of mortality. For yourself, and for the other guys. To tell people it's not indiscriminate death, period, it's indiscriminate death, comma. Someone has to be the hell-chaser.
Daniel Bach, The Secret World

My father braved booby-trapped marshes and the wrath of generals for the sake of his journalistic integrity. What kind of mockery of his life would it be if his daughter bailed when things got a little tough?
Luisa Ray, Cloud Atlas

"Sometimes it's easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around the dark. Suddenly, a light gets turned on and there's a fair share of blame to go around. I can't speak to what happened before I arrived, but all of you have done some very good reporting here. Reporting that I believe is going to have an immediate and considerable impact on our readers. For me, this kind of story is why we do this."
Marty Baron, Spotlight


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