This was an impulse purchase some time back, and while I love the concept I find I don't actually use it very much. With a notebook like this, such as a Rhodia pad, I'm so used to taking the front cover and pulling it behind the back that I can't get used to the Reporter's hard cover. It doesn't have to be flat to take notes, but for some reason I can't get into keeping the cover at a 90 degree angle.
In addition, the paper isn't fountain pen ink friendly. So either a pencil or ballpoint, but even a gel ink might bleed through. In the picture to the left you can see the bleed through of an ink swatch I had made. If you like the idea of a Reporter notebook that flips open but doesn't fold then check out the Moleskine brand.