Quotations and aphorisms by John Hockenberry:
I think every journalist understands when they are the beneficiary of hot information that, yes, they have a scoop, but they’re also being used. Part of your responsibility as a journalist is to tell the story of why that information is coming to you, consistent with the ground rules of your sourcing.
An object imbued with intent - it has power, it’s treasure, we’re drawn to it. An object devoid of intent - it’s random, it’s imitative, it repels us. It’s like a piece of junk mail to be thrown away.