The Gleam Of A Pearl

The reporter died for his curiosity, the noblest form of intellectual energy

Ask a roomful of fledgling journalists if they would be willing to die for the truth, and not a hand will be raised. They do not mean no, exactly. They simply give the hypothesis a pocket veto. They think, for one thing, that the question is too darkly phrased and even implies an obscure promise of martyrdom--not normally the journalist's line of work. Ask the young roomful, instead, whether they would be willing to risk their lives to cover extreme situations in faraway places and report the truth, and the best in the room will get a gleam in their eyes--a...

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