David Axe Career Snapshot


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David Axe. Gamecock photo.

David Axe. Gamecock photo.


The Australian Institute of International Affairs published an interview with me that they labelled a “career snapshot.” I honestly don’t recall giving this interview, but let me tell you: I was in rare form. Asked what advice I would give to young reporters considering taking up war journalism, my response was classic Axe:

First, don’t. Seriously. …

But if you’re determined to do this kind of thing, here’s my advice: write lots, and don’t take no for an answer, especially from editors; get some high-limit credit cards; figure out how to link up with one army or another and squeeze all the stories out of them that you can; learn to take photos and video — they’re worth a lot of money; accept that this work will eventually kill you, if you do it long enough; know when to quit. Hint: you’ll want to quit right before the trip that ultimately kills you.


4 Responses to “David Axe Career Snapshot”

  1. SM says:

    “Gamecock photo” … is that any connection to the National Guard or ROTC unit you wrote a book on? I guess this could be someone’s Combat Camera homework …

  2. David Axe says:

    “Gamecock” is the newspaper of the University of South Carolina. So yes.

  3. CBG says:

    Quite a high opinion of yourself you have there.

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