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Journalism Mission

One night while growing weary with my task of copy editing an issue of Cafe Abroad InPrint, I came upon the following quote:

“There is another concept of journalism . . . it’s engraved on a bronze plaque on the south-east corner of the Times Tower in New York City.”
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Brooklyn, New York City- October 10, 2008
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I then shoved my papers in a mess off to the side of my desk, woke up the Dinosaur, and headed out to find this Other Concept of Journalism, which, in my state, was sorely needed. I did not find the bronze plaque or anything resembling the wisdom that could free me from the shackles of copy editing, so I returned home to my desk with my tail crooked up between my legs.

Another Concept of Journalism

After airing my woes on this travelogue, I soon received a firestorm of assistance from the backing hand of Vagabond Journey. Motorcycle Bob and General McArthur both provided the background research and clues as to where I may be able to find this plaque.

Motorcycle Bob found the inscription on the internet that I was probably seeking:

“I want to always fight for progress and reform; never tolerate injustice or corruption; always fight demagogues of all parties; never belong to any party; always oppose privileged classes and public plunder; never lack sympathy with the poor; always remain devoted to the public welfare; never be satisfied with merely printing the news; always be drastically independent; never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.”

Motorcycle Bob Completes Journalism Mission

Now I just had to substantiate this quote in the touch and finger world to be sure of its “existence.”

And a solid lead soon came from General McArthur as to where I may be able to find the much coveted bronze plaque that had this Other Concept of Journalism etched upon it:

“The address should be 1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10036”

So, while in the midst of another mission, My Friend and I just happened to come across the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, and could not help but to try to find this magical plaque of bronze wisdom, whose importance has exponentially grown.

1211 Ave of the Americas was the General’s lead, and I took it.

I found:

The headquarters of Fox News.

True, this may have been the fountain head of Another Concept of Journalism, but it was surely not the one that I was searching for.

I think the General may have pulled a fast one on me.

Still searching fruitlessly for Another Concept of Journalism. A simple quest that has taken on the proportions of a monster with each gnawing notion of ill-success.

Next step:

Write a letter to the editor of the New York Times to see if he even knows where the hell he keeps his stupid bronze plaques.

The mission continues.

The only bronze plaque at 1211 Ave of the Americas, the headquarters of Fox News.

Links to previous travelogue entries:
Global Economy and Speculation
Editor Eats Article
Urban Hermit


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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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