What makes a 'good' reporter?
Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell proclaimed that "Good reporters are the heart of news gathering." If it's news, Howell said, "They have to know it. Without [good] reporters, the public wouldn't have the news and information essential to running a democracy."
Traits inherent to a good reporter, according to Howell, include: endless curiosity, commitment, a deep need to know what is happening, the ability to hear a small clue and follow it and the ability to sort out conflicting information. Good reporters are also energetic and research savvy, she explained.
What do you think? Are there any other characteristics that make a journalist 'good'? Is journalism a "calling," as Howell states, or can anyone develop news gathering and reporting skills?