The 5 best beats in journalism

The author weighs in on five coveted jobs, from travel writer to a sports reporter with carte blanche. What do you think are the best beats in the reporting business?

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Let us know who you think has the best job in journalism in the comments section.

Meantime, here are my favorites:

Kenny Mayne. While most of ESPN’s reporters have to keep a safe distance from the athletes they cover, Mayne has carte blanche to pal around with athletes and ham it up with them. His Web series Mayne Street has created several classic moments.

Andrew McCarthy. Remember the ’80s brat packer who starred in such classic hits as Mannequin? He’s a travel writer now, and not just any travel writer. McCarthy is the 2010 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award winner. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appétit, Islands, Afar and other magazines.

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