13 Pieces of Campaign Advice for Young Reporters

  1. 1.
    Do not rely upon the hotel wake-up call. And dont forget time zones.
  2. 2.
    "the news was first reported by (reporter) of (rival organization)." Do it. Applies to blogs too.
  3. 3.
    Someone somewhere thinks things you say and do are interesting + reportable.
  4. 4.
    Don't send that angry email. Save it. And then reconsider in the morning. You’re exhausted.
  5. 5.
    Food that is plentiful and seemingly free does not = non-fattening.
  6. 6.
    Even the people whom you like and trust on the campaign will lie to you.
  7. 7.
    Be the reporter challenging false claim by candidate. + if you’re not, be the one who follows up.
  8. 8.
    If you make it to South Carolina without being yelled at by the campaign you’re not doing your job.
  9. 9.
    If you're unattached: Keep your eyes peeled. I met my future wife at the Chequers Pub at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.
  10. 10.
    Charge every piece of equipment any chance you get.
  11. 11.
    I know it's a pain, but keep track of those receipts and file every week. Just do it. I swear.
  12. 12.
    Befriend the photographers/cameramen.
  13. 13.
    Two words: neck pillow.