People go into journalism for various reasons.
Some, wanted to bring down Governments.
Some, do it because they thought it's lucrative. Though I have never met or heard of a rich journalist. The rich ones are not journalists. They're called businessmen.
Some wanted to stand up for truth, beauty, freedom and love. Though that usually lasts a week.
Some, wanted approval and accolade, which will never come, cause no one approves of journalists. Being feared is not the same as being loved.
Some, perhaps wanted freebies. Though you can only use a finite number of mugs.
Me? I wanted to write comic books.