13 Pieces of Campaign Advice for Young Reporters

By Eliza

Aug 10, 2011 6:07pm

No. 13 – Do not rely upon the hotel wake-up call. And don't forget time zones.

No. 12 – "the news was first reported by (reporter) of (rival organization)." Do it. Applies to blogs too.

No. 11 – Someone somewhere thinks things you say and do are interesting + reportable.

No. 10 – Don't send that angry email. Save it. And then reconsider in the morning. You’re exhausted.

No 9 – Food that is plentiful and seemingly free does not = non-fattening.

No 8 – Even the people who you like and trust on the campaign will lie to you.

No 7 – Be the reporter challenging false claim by candidate. + if you’re not, be the one who follows up.

No 6 – If you make it to South Carolina without being yelled at by the campaign you’re not doing your job.

No 5 – Keep your eyes peeled. I met my future wife at the Chequers Pub at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.

No 4 – Charge every piece of equipment any chance you get.

No 3 – I know it's a pain, but keep track of those receipts and file every week. Just do it. I swear.

No 2 – More campaign advice for young reporters: befriend the photographers/cameramen.

No 1 – Young reporters gearing up for campaign coverage, I have two words: neck pillow.

-Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)

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