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21 x kapuściński /advices for reporters/

  1. You are only in a particular place once — your mission is to describe what you see.
  2. Concentrate on the source of the news you report.
  3. Do not follow the crowd — you don’t have to do it faster than your competition — you don’t even have to do it at all.
  4. Read a lot — for one page written, you should read a hundred pages written by other people about a particular topic.
  5. Don’t be afraid of starting: don’t fall into into the trap of perfectionism — you will never be able to acquire all knowledge on the subject of your writing.
  6. Use quotes — it makes the text shine.
  7. Don’t use a recorder — it makes the interview subject uncomfortable.
  8. During conversations, be selective with information and remember only the most important things.
  9. Treat your interview subjects with honesty and seriousness.
  10. Listen to what people say, how they say it and in what context.
  11. Makes notes after each meeting. You can do it soon after, but also later — time is the best memory filter.
  12. Treat your readers with respect: be a man of few words, be clear and simple. Always try to shorten your text by a half.
  13. Do not let technology dominate you — it does not matter when, it matters — what.
  14. Take as little as possible — traveling across the Third World was and still is very hard.
  15. Be careful with your money — there is no place to hide it in the tropics. (you have one shirt, one pair of pants, one pair of sandals and banks which do not work very well).
  16. When composing a text, remember about its rhythm.
  17. Write a page per day minimum.
  18. If you can’t write, don’t worry — just read.
  19. Don’t think about making money — if that’s the most important thing, remember there are other well-paying occupations.
  20. Always live like the locals.
  21. Keep smiling.

(Ryszard Kapuściński)

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