Reporters on the Job

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AT LEAST THEY HAVE TIES ON: High school boys in Chuncheon, South Korea, cheered their senior classmates taking aptitude tests – given nationally on Thursday – to get into a university.

Will I Be Stood Up Again? As part of her reporting about Brazil's national oil company, staff writer Sara Miller llana went to visit a offshore oil drilling platform. She was impressed by the company. But a previous encounter made her initially skeptical. "The first time I dealt with Petrobras, about a year and a half ago, I was told that a trip to the middle of the Amazon to see a massive pipeline had been approved. I flew there, arrived on schedule, only to discover that the pipeline trip was canceled for no apparent reason, " says Sara.

This time, she had a backup plan. The day before she was supposed to visit the Petrobras oil platform, she still didn't have any details. "So, I went ahead with Plan B: to visit a town booming as a byproduct of Petrobras's success. As I was wrapping up interviews there, I got a call from Petrobras to rush back to Rio. I nearly missed the opportunity. I'm not sure how I'll approach my next Petrobras appointment," Sara says.

Arrest Me, Please! Staff writer Scott Baldauf met Gen. Laurent Nkunda at his headquarters last year. "Local citizens were firm supporters of General Nkunda and many remembered him as a schoolteacher. Nkunda struck me as very self-assured and charismatic, every inch the Seventh Day Adventist preacher, " says Scott.

But on the trip back to the government-held capital of Goma (see story), Scott's caravan of journalists met a very different reaction. "We almost got stoned by a mob that had set up a roadblock, waiting for us. People in government-held territory hated Nkunda, as many of them were personally displaced by his troops and thought that anyone who went to visit Nkunda must be a supporter. Police detained us – and I must say that I have never been so happy to be taken into police custody (and out of harm's way) as I was on that day."

David Clark Scott

World editor

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