Here's a little help defining the essense of a journalist . . .
from the March 18, 2005 edition
What Is a Journalist?
The Christian Science Monitor's View
"Not everyone who simply gathers information and disseminates it can be
called a journalist. The craft requires skill in finding story ideas and
facts, cultivating sources, and then presenting news in a way that serves
the public interest. It requires specific talents for research,
interviews, and distillation of information; sifting rant from reality;
and then presenting it with clarity, accuracy, speed, and relevance. In
giving access to a reporter, newsmakers must be mindful of those essential