Tale Of The Tape
The last couple of days I've been busy transcribing a tape of a person I'm profiling. Maybe I'm a bit self-conscious, but I sound like an idiot on this tape. My questions sound amateurish and it sounds like my tongue is in the way when I speak.
Wish I Had Taped
Ian Brown was one of the guest speakers in Reporting today. Brown, by a wide margin, was the best guest speaker in three years. That's probably because he spoke in funny anecdotes.
He also gave a lesson on the four things that make a great story. And that lesson was more valuable to me then all of the talk from guest speakers about journalism's future. As long as storytelling exists, journalism, in some form, will, too.