Wandering feeds a journalist’s soul

    A couple of times this summer, I talked journalism with students participating in WHYY’s journalism camp.

    They were smart. They were creative. And they were a great reminder of why I love shoe-leather journalism.

    The teens wandered the city and came up with great stories — a hole-in-the-wall oddity shop, a Quaker meetinghouse with loyal volunteers, an old neighborhood bakery adjusting to new technology.

    (Check out the stories here.)

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    In just a few hours, they discovered that wandering feeds a journalist’s soul — and their notebook.

    It’s a lesson some of the best reporters never forget. A couple of days ago City Paper reporter Isaiah Thompson tweeted: “What stokes the ‘ol journalistic flame? Walking around Kensington on a summer day with a camera and notebook, is what.” 

    Speaking of wandering, I’m taking a few days to wander off myself. I think it’s time to check out other areas of Pennsylvania. See you in a few days.

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