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"Who would go into journalism to go do stories that others have already done? The fun [of reporting] is not in localizing a story; the fun is in nationalizing a local story – finding something that's happening in your town, that's so interesting that you write about so completely that [Poynter's Al Tompkins] tells everybody about it [in his daily story-ideas report], and then every other poor SOB in every other newsroom in the land has their editor come over and they have to do [the story]. …Do original work; that's where all the fun is."

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