Rebecca Megson lights up the similarities between smoking (which KILLS by the way kids) and journalism...
|All the President's Men|
- Journos pursuing lies at the heart
of 'democratic' government*
2) The first time you try it (smoking/journalism) you can feel quite sick and disgusted by it...
|Mrs Mia Wallace in|
90s cult movie Pulp Fiction**
5) There are particular types of smoking/journalism (aka weed/investigative) that will find you locking yourself in a darkened room for days at a time, rejecting friends and family, living off snack foods and paranoia. You vet anyone you speak to for trustworthiness and then (once they pass the test) reveal everything you've found about the latest conspiracy theory.
And one way it isn't....
1) Unlike tobacco, the very best journalism can be a force for good....
For example, CBS aired the first TV news segment alleging links between smoking and lung cancer in 1955 which revolutionised what we knew and thought about smoking//The Guardian broke the first news story into what would become the hacking scandal, revealing the dirtiest and most unwholesome side of journalism imaginable at that time.
And that is what makes journalism a worthwhile career to pursue (and why we shouldn't ban it!)
*All the president's men" by IMPAwards.com. Licensed under Fair use of copyrighted material in the context of All the President's Men (film) via Wikipedia
**Pulp Fiction cover" by The poster art can or could be obtained from Miramax Films.. Licensed under Fair use of copyrighted material in the context of Pulp Fiction via Wikipedia