Want a scoop? Prepare. Nothing makes people luckier than preparation. The people who win the race train the hardest and are obsessed with preparing. That is what builds confidence.
The more preparation that goes into what we report and write, the more confident we will be as reporters and writers. The more prepared we are, the better we will be able to deliver our best news judgment.
There is no excuse for being unprepared. If we are smarter, we can deliver more, better, faster.
As beat reporters, we prepare in order to break news and to be ready when news breaks. The best journalists take the following steps to excel at their jobs:
Keep in touch. Talking to sources when nothing is going on puts reporters ...