Ten things editors want from their reporters / 12 октября 2007 г.
Ten things editors want from their reporters
1) I want you to respond enthusiastically to every assignment, whether its your idea or mine. I want to know that you will give it your best.
2) I want you to trust me. I want you to see me as someone who cares as much as you do about what were producing. Many things I ask you to do may not directly benefit you, but will have indirect benefits down the line.
3) I want you to meet our agreed-upon length and time requirements.
4) I want you to be as appreciative of a good edit as I am of a good reporting and writing job. I want you to appreciate what two brains can do together.
5) I want you to remember that photos matter. fwant you to work conscientiously with the photo desk and think visually.
6) 1 want you to put your heart into the story, to discover not only the factual truth but the emotional truth what really matters to the readers, to the characters in your story, to our society. I want that hunger every time.
7) I want you to take your job seriously but not personally. I want you to be able to lose without it breaking your heart, whether its not getting a story on Page One or having it held a day, or having the lead changed by someone above us. I want you to understand that nobody wins them all, that tomorrow is another opportunity, that there are no enemies in the newsroom.
8) Realize that I respect and appreciate your need to share, but I am burdened by the needs of several other reporters as well as other administrative demands. Be patient with me when I seem distracted.
9) If I suggest a rewrite and you dont like it, I want you to articulate your position forcefully, but I also expect you to be able to come up with an alternative rather than simply digging in your heels. Be willing to give another version a try. Im willing to listen; I may even learn something.
10) I want you to be aggressive, creative, resourceful, audacious dramatic even if you tried being all those things yesterday and it didnt work
Source: Nuts & Bolts, a Los Angeles Times newsletter dedicated to the proposition that there are only two kinds of journalists: bad ones and those who are improving.