Roving reporters, favorite books
Date posted: August 23, 2013
Every once and awhile, I have to pinch myself to remind myself I’m not dreaming and that my job really is one of the best jobs in the world.
I don’t mean the management portion.
Sure it is nice to be in charge and have some say, but I’m primarily referring to my job as a reporter.
What other job rewards curiosity, encourages research and allows you to hold people accountable for their actions.
I’ve always been nosy.
I like to know what is going on, how it happened and why it happened.
I often watch TV news and dream of being a foreign correspondent.
There has always been something very mysterious and attractive to me about that kind of lifestyle.
Alas, it is a pipe dream now.
I’ve made too many friends and I don’t think now, that I’m older, I could leave them and my family behind to go globetrotting.
One of my favorite authors, though, is Philip Caputo.
He was a journalist with the Chicago Tribune and has written several books, both memoirs and novels.
My favorite work of his, “Means of Escape,” describes his time as a correspondent in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Vietnam.
From the first few pages, I was hooked.
If you ever want to know what the life of a roving journalist is like, read the book.
His novels, too, are thought provoking.
He tackles racism, war and the simple task of growing up.
For a journalism student these were some heavy topics.
He just came out with a new book last week. It is called, “ The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean.”
Reviews promise it will be a “pure joy,” and an “engaging travelogue.”
Sounds right up my alley.
Kristen Czaban is the managing editor for The Sheridan Press.