Nell Scovell's piece on being a correspondent for the Globe sports section in the early 80's is outstanding.
Nell Scovell said:In September 1981, Vince Doria, editor of the Boston Globe sports page, called me up from the minors. Each year, the Globe hired four correspondents from local colleges to cover what was still called "schoolboy sports." Out of the blue, I got the nod. Next thing you know, I'm typing into a newfangled Atex system and breathing the same air as major league sportswriters Will McDonough, Bob Ryan, Michael Madden, Lesley Visser, Peter Gammons, and Leigh Montville. I quickly learned how to swear, guzzle lousy coffee, and find towns in Massachusetts that are still not on Google maps. I also received the best journalism advice of my life.
And I ignored it.