This was the first post of my Training Tracks blog from the archive of No Train, No Gain, originally published May 25, 2004:
Good reporters don’t take “no” for an answer when we’re pursuing a story.
If a source turns us down for a key interview, we marshal our arguments and make another try. If an official denies us a record, we file formal requests or appeals or even lawsuits. Or we find another official who can slip us a copy on the sly.
So why do journalists accept “no” so meekly when our editors say they can’t afford the kind of training we want? (more…)