13 Pieces of Campaign Advice for Young Reporters
I wrote this 4 years ago but now I have a home for my lists. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/08/11-pieces-of-campaign-advice-for-young-reporters.html
- •Do not rely upon the hotel wake-up call. And dont forget time zones.
- •"the news was first reported by (reporter) of (rival organization)." Do it. Applies to blogs too.
- •Someone somewhere thinks things you say and do are interesting + reportable.
- •Don't send that angry email. Save it. And then reconsider in the morning. You’re exhausted.
- •Food that is plentiful and seemingly free does not = non-fattening.
- •Even the people whom you like and trust on the campaign will lie to you.
- •Be the reporter challenging false claim by candidate. + if you’re not, be the one who follows up.
- •If you make it to South Carolina without being yelled at by the campaign you’re not doing your job.
- •If you're unattached: Keep your eyes peeled. I met my future wife at the Chequers Pub at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.
- •Charge every piece of equipment any chance you get.
- •I know it's a pain, but keep track of those receipts and file every week. Just do it. I swear.
- •Befriend the photographers/cameramen.
- •Two words: neck pillow.