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Junkets, journalism and telling the truth

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Lately I’ve been reflecting on the more than a decade that I’ve been in the journalism business, and on the experiences we face in dealing with companies and people from all walks of life. 

Journalism was not my first choice of profession. I was planning on a boring job as an analyst (no offence to all my friends in the field). The day I joined the profession, the first person to offer his sympathies was my father, who thought it a very unwise career choice. Journalism, he told me, is a profession that may eventually bring you the recognition you’re looking for, but initially it’s not a smooth road.

Indeed, I can attest that it’s been a long, bumpy ride. Being treated as a second-class citizen, even being shunned and looked down on — it all comes with the territory. But learning how to deal with adversity has helped make me who I am. And I feel fortunate to be in a profession that has given me the opportunity to know so many people I never would have met had I chosen a desk job.

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