Tintin the Belgian teen reporter is a childhood favourite of mine and an inspiration for my ventures into journalism. For me he is a pioneer of adventure reporting. He was my first journalist role model. He is also my reason for having a strong passion to travel to Belgium one day apart from love of chocolate.
Long before my lecturers at Swinburne he introduced me to journalism. I was introduced back in 1993 when i was still in primary school. ABC television gave me Tintin as it was through them that i got to discover this boy reporter. I must say despite my love for him i still wanted to become an archaeologist and not a reporter.
I still remember wanting to get home in time from school for the screening of Tintin at 6. pm on weekdays. The episodes only went for half an hour which would go by so fast. Often many of the stories were in two parts so I had to wait the following night to see the conclusion. This was torture if it was the weekend as i had to wait for the Monday.
In composing my adventure reporting blog I kept Tintin in mind and thought about what he would include if he had a blog about archaeology and journalism. I believe he would try to make it as adventurous as possible and no doubt even include tales of Snowy. I think he would definitely include tales of his visit to Egypt (Cigars of the Pharoahs) and Red Rackhams treasure. Both these stories had some archaeology. Whilst in the process of doing assignments for my course i often ask myself what would Tintin do?