21 x kapuściński /advices for reporters/
- You are only in a particular place once — your mission is to describe what you see.
- Concentrate on the source of the news you report.
- 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.
- Read a lot — for one page written, you should read a hundred pages written by other people about a particular topic.
- 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.
- Use quotes — it makes the text shine.
- Don’t use a recorder — it makes the interview subject uncomfortable.
- During conversations, be selective with information and remember only the most important things.
- Treat your interview subjects with honesty and seriousness.
- Listen to what people say, how they say it and in what context.
- Makes notes after each meeting. You can do it soon after, but also later — time is the best memory filter.
- Treat your readers with respect: be a man of few words, be clear and simple. Always try to shorten your text by a half.
- Do not let technology dominate you — it does not matter when, it matters — what.
- Take as little as possible — traveling across the Third World was and still is very hard.
- 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).
- When composing a text, remember about its rhythm.
- Write a page per day minimum.
- If you can’t write, don’t worry — just read.
- Don’t think about making money — if that’s the most important thing, remember there are other well-paying occupations.
- Always live like the locals.
- Keep smiling.