Event: H. Bibring (Holocaust Survivor) came to town.
My Job: Cover the event
In My bag: Moleskin Notebook, Dictaphone, pencil, camera and random bits of paper.
Anyway, it was going all well. I have some tips, as I learnt some useful lessons that day:
- The Day before, always do your research.
I have read for years about World War Two, so for this event, my attitude had to be really sensitive. This man had seen some of the most horrific things ever. It didn’t help that I was nervous, and there was a question session at the end. I had some questions pre prepared, so I got what I needed.
- Don’t try and transcribe everything. It will lead to sore fingers.
Check peoples photo policies.
Don’t waste time.
Within a day, I sent the story to an Editor. They liked it, however just needed some extra information. I got that, and, as they say, the rest is history.
- Know your facts (names, dates etc.).
The Editor asked me for the first names of some of the organisers. I had just put Mrs Smith. It sounds a lot more professional if you put in the persons first name.
So that concludes the series of “Inside A Reporters Mind”. I hope you learnt a lot, as I did. Until we write again next week…