My very first day of work as a TV reporter scarred me for life.  I’d landed my big break at Golden West News, a regional television station in Western Australia and was set for a month at the head office to learn the ropes. I was out to impress.  The Editor was a formidable man named John Rudd who was a legend the news industry, the sort of bloke who proves the pen is mightier than the sword. He gave…