New Scenes; Healthy Experiences; And The Challenge of On-The-Road Journalism

Having lived in Missouri for more than two decades, I have never been to the Missouri Bootheel; I have never walked Pioneer Forest, Missouri’s renowned example of selective timber stand management; and I have never seen the devastation from a big-river flood. This trip will be well worth it.

Field reporting also is something new to me, and I’m eager for the test. I know the trip will challenge me.

Most of all, I would like to gain the experience of real-time field reporting. Many of the journalists I have spoken to, with any background in field reporting, say this: the key is selling stories — and to sell stories, you must have a variety of them.

This variety of stories is what I see when looking at our Field Reporting Institute itinerary. I only have to write them.

– John McLaughlin


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