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.