Modern Journalist Toolkit 10: Color Me Quick

Modern Journalist Toolkit 10: Color Me Quick

One antidote to overresearching, overreporting, overthinking, and overwriting is a really tight deadline.

This video offers some takeaway tips on quick reporting in the field:

For many freelancers, breaking news is part of a mix that keeps things fresh and exciting. For writers who are used to working in isolation, there’s a satisfying sense of teamwork when you contribute on-the-ground color and observations to a bigger story.

Sending a letter of introduction to editors at news agencies and bureaus letting them know that you’re interested in working as a stringer can start the ball rolling. Touching base with editors to let them know when and where you’ll be physically (e.g. if you take a trip or move) also helps you stay top of mind if they need somebody local.

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