Over the last few days, I’ve had a few moments — the kind when I realize I’m young, and have a lot to learn about reporting.
- Pay attention to detail, consistently
- Collecting facts and filling in what you learn and from who into one document, rather than keeping notes here and there and in your own head.
- Why? Because
- Checking, double checking and triple checking my train of thought, how I’m piecing together a story, rather than being so sure about my own logic. This also means talking to my colleagues about what I’m thinking about and working on.
- Staying focused to go deep into a story or an idea.
- Finding a way to figure out specifics in a story that answer a question that help people understand what’s going on in the world.
- Assess my habits on how I learn and how I hear things.
- Read and listen to pieces critically, carefully and consistently.
This work is about building habits that help you keep your eyes, ears and mind peeled for a good work.
So, I want to do my work more confidently with greater attention to detail and specificity — and take the process a little more slowly.