Jodi Kantor, Journalist and Author. She is a correspondent for the New York Times, often covering the workplace, gender, and technology.
"Doing this work has been the honor of my life. But part of the privilege and responsibility of working at the Times is that the work always feels important. You ask yourself, Is my personal pleasure or relaxation more important than the work I can get done for the paper right now? Sometimes you have to force yourself to say yes to that question. It’s a tough daily decision, and it’s never entirely clear what the right answer is."
"Get as much reporting experience as you can. Train with the best reporters and editors you can; watch them close-up. I don’t think the name brand of the outlet matters as much as the kind of work you are allowed to do. And also, your sources will teach you. It can be incredibly painful at times, but to become a reporter is to experience the horrible feeling of having said the wrong thing to somebody and losing their trust or of talking too much in an interview and realizing that you didn’t capture as much as you could have for that reason. The most profound lessons about journalism I’ve learned have been taught to me by the people I’ve covered.”
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