Reporters who visit my classes often describe the variety of assignments they cover. This is especially true in Moscow and Pullman, where a relatively small group of journalists covers a myriad of events and issues.  Visitors range from Nobel Prize-winning diplomats to world-renowned scientists to Olympic gold medalists.

Tim Steury, editor of Washington State Magazine, offered these thoughts in his First Words column in the magazine’s latest issue:

How else would one have the opportunity to have breakfast with an esteemed poet or lunch the same day with an equally esteemed winemaker? Or snorkel with a marine scientist? Or be granted insights of a dissertation on atomic culture while the dissertation is in progress? Or immerse oneself in a tale of obsession, scholarly collecting, and crime? And at the end of the experience? Guaranteed publication. Well, almost guaranteed. The result does have to be literate, correct, and engaging. Spectacular, even.”

He’s writing of his own experience and those of the writers on his staff. But the opportunity to satisfy one’s curiosity on an amazing array of topics is to me one the lasting rewards of being a journalist.