“These discussions are like another graduate degree for me, because I constantly have to think, rethink, defend and truly understand the arguments I’m making. It’s hard to overstate how incredibly valuable that’s been. The fact that many journalists refuse to engage in that sort of conversation actually shows through in their work: they don’t want to bother. They like to position themselves as experts, but many don’t really understand what they’re talking about. Engaging in the conversation may be a lot of work — and, at times, it can be frustrating or seemingly pointless. But, the massive amount of value I’ve received from those discussions — just like the student in the story above — is almost impossible to quantify. People talk about the importance of ongoing education. That’s exactly what these conversations are for me.”
I just couldn’t agree more. Also, the article Mike links on his post is pretty good; food for thought.