Sunday, July 29, 2012

The highs and lows of journalism: Idaho Press Tribune reporter John Funk discusses the range of experiences — good and bad — of his chosen career

Idaho Press Tribune reporter John Funk, front, gets ready as pilot John Chambers prepares to take off at the Cardwell Industrial Airport Wednesday.

The thing I love most about my job as Idaho Press-Tribune’s cops and crime reporter is that I get to experience things I’d never get to experience if I’d chosen any other career. On some level, this is true every day — each time I interview a source or go out on assignment, I learn something new.

I have more access to local police and fire departments than most civilians ever will. And I’m fascinated with those worlds, so I never tire of these opportunities step inside them, even if only temporarily.

Sometimes, I have an on-the-job experience so profound I know I’ll carry it with me for the rest of my life. And when they happen, they leave me wondering why anyone would ever want to do any other job.

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