I had too much in my notebook today. I didn’t have enough in my notebook today. At any given moment on the first day of the Field Reporting Institute, that’s what I was thinking.
We had so much thrown at us. I honestly picked up at least 10 things from each site that I wanted to look into. Not all of them are sure-fire great story ideas, but some could be. Hank Dorst and Peter Becker seemed to be offering up story ideas every time they opened their mouths.
Sometimes I’d think I was trying to do too much, take too many notes and miss important observations in the process. Other times, I’d think I missed somethingand look at my notes and see a pitiful abstraction of the rich experiences we saw today. I think that’s the challenge of field reporting. The reward is realizing you captured the experience.
— Tony Schick, Edited by Steven Rich