A good reporter’s traits

Deborah Howell asks, in The Washington Post,  “What makes a good reporter?”

Here are some of answers in bullet form, but you should read the entire piece:

Endless curiosity and a deep need to know what is happening.

Reporters go where the story is

Good reporters are committed to telling the story.

Good reporters are savvy enough to find sources they can trust

Good reporters know how to get access to people and documents

In which of these areas do you think you’ll do well? Where might you find yourself lacking and in need of improvement? How do these traits carry over into reporting and writing in your online journalism?


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