There are some other things I try to remember. The first is never walk into a story with a preconceived notion. Good stories tell themselves and you can’t get a good story by bending the facts. Another is that the story is what’s important not the reporter. As the old umpire once said call them as you see them, and don’t make it up.
This new job is a bit of a change. The style of writing is different. The technology and tools that are used to advance the story are different. The guy doing it is still a work in progress, but also the same one some of you remember as the guy in the plastic box on the radio, or as the guy in the glass box on the television. Now he’s in the paper box. Still telling stories, still mixing it up in the news, and oddly enough still doing exactly what Miss Lindley predicted those many, many years ago.
Mike Grant can be reached at email@example.com