Ideas for stories can come from anywhere — and everywhere. Here are some of my favorites.
When it comes to sources, start out by playing by the rules, and if that doesn’t get you what you need, break them.
This installment of the weekly freelance writing advice column deals with disgruntled sources: is it better to tell your editor, or handle it yourself?
You had the idea, wrote the query, got the assignment, negotiated the contract, worked out a deadline and did the research. Now all that’s left is interviewing the source. What’s that, the source won’t answer your email or phone calls? Don’t they realize what you’ve had to do to get this far? Unfortunately, just because […]
If you’ve been in the freelance business long, you’ve accumulated a pretty hefty source list. How do you keep track of all those names? When I was a newspaper reporter, I used the simplest method possible. I created one text file for each subject I covered and made a running list. When I was feeling […]