Steve Coll: ‘In Journalism, There is no Substitute for Travel’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  06.04.10 | 12:50 PM ET

The writer is saying goodbye, temporarily at least, to his public policy blog over at the New Yorker. In his final post, he shares some lessons learned—including one about the importance of travel.

Here’s Coll:

In journalism, there is no substitute for travel. By far the most fun I had with this format came when I was on the road. Last summer I was in Africa and Indonesia. Taking half-assed digital pictures for Think Tank and writing diary entries redoubled the already uplifting experience of reporting from those places. If the new journalism arising from digital formats can compensate a person adequately for wandering the world in a taxi with an iPhone, I will happily surrender my nostalgia for newspapers, magazines, and books.

(Via The Daily Dish)

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

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