America’s Best: Top-10

  1. It takes determination, hard line and effective reporting to truly get all the details out of a hard story; then you deliver it like an indictment.
  2. Build a sense of authority in the article.
  3. In editorials, don’t be afraid to write from the heart.
  4. Get to know your subjects inside and out; know where they came from and how they got to where they are, as well as everything that’s going on in that moment.
  5. Don’t let yourself be confined within your assigned beats; work hard enough to prove that you can take the bigger stories.
  6. Style and reporting are invaluable. It’s what you do with the facts that counts.
  7. If you have a good enough story, someone will publish it.
  8. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty—ethically—when working on a story.
  9. If you can get out of the office and onto the streets, you can bring back a good story (just like Mike Berger).
  10. Pay attention to names, the people, their profiles, when writing a feature story.
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