It's been ongoing since I was 10, and "edited" a one page paper with 4-5 carbon copies, one worse than the other.
After that, a "neighborhood paper" at 14, and "underground papers" at 15 to 19.
I was 17 the first time an article of mine was in a magazine that was actually sold at a newstand. April 1972
Professionally, since 1982. Full time, since 1989.
I was gonna post "now I send people elsewhere", but heck I did that in 1992, also. Only I sent myself to the Olympics.
In 1992, my envoy in Yugoslavia was kidnapped twice by the warring factions. Came back with a couple of great stories about his captors (who really only wanted him to give their side of the war).