The rewards of being intrepid

Wow. It’s been a month since I’ve blogged. But I just wanted to make a few notes on my internship:

  • A good portion of my stories terrify me. I’ve written about how suspected terrorists can buy guns, how Mexican drug cartels can buy guns, and about how the GAO was able to sneak bombs in to federal buildings.
  • Most of my stories are behind CQ’s paywall, which means no one can read them. This has given me hope that paid content will work. (Most journonerds have seen this already: but read Anderson and then Gladwell on Anderson)
  • Today, I woke up at 6:50 a.m. and really, really didn’t want to drive Bethesda for a swine flu summit. I tweeted the following: “It is very early. I don’t want to drive to NIH. Must. Be. Intrepid. Reporter.” I’m glad I decided to be intrepid. About 3 1/2 – 4 hours later, I was at a press conference with three cabinet secretaries, a governor, and the homeland security adviser. I looked to my left, and there was a reporter for the NYT. A reporter from TIME was a few seats to the left. I love my job.

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