Quotable quirks: Demands of journalism

“I just came back from prison.”

Said by a colleague of mine. This was entirely true. She had just gone to a prison for an assignment, to speak to an NGO working with the prison concerned and to interview some of the inmates. Journalists are often given weird and unexpected assignments, so nothing really surprises us anymore when we talk to each other about the things we do for the sake of the job.

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