Archive for January 30th, 2011

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…)

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