1. Friday, September 14, 2012

    ive had to teach a bunch of summer interns this summer, a recap 

    aspire for emptiness, that way if someone on the phone or in the field is rude to you, it’ll go through you

    write several times a day

    use all the tools: writing, photography, social media, audio, and video

    if someone isnt getting deep with you, put your hand on their heart and ask the question again

    forget what other reporters are doing, earning, covering, being praised for, etc., only do you

    collect, save, and then file your receipts

    save constantly if you dont write your drafts in gmail

    write simply. like hemingway. with short twitter-like sentences.

    know that deep down everyone wants to tell you the juicy bits, and everyone else wants to read it

    nothing is off the record unless they promise to give you something even better on the record right now

    they know youre a reporter, keep asking questions and writing down their answers, and taking pictures…

    its ok if you really just wanna be a baker, this job isnt for everyone.

    blogging is a platform, not a style. there is opinion in newspapers, theres straight news in blogs, the two are not mutually exclusive no matter what you heard before you met me.

    haters hating only means one thing: your masterpiece was read. rejoice.

    subscribe to the newspaper. you dont have to read it, but at least look at every page every day.you’ll end up reading way more than you expected.

    its not your job to be walter conkrite. he may have sucked at blogging. your world is different. tell us how.

    sleep on the weekends. tonight, write.