On Advice I Want To Remember V.1

I had the amazing privilege of getting to speak with Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times Metro writer Sarah Maslin Nir.

At 33-years old, Nir embodies what I can only dream to be at that age — a Columbia Journalism graduate, with years of freelance experience, writing for one of the most prestigious news organizations in the world and, all the while, never having lost her sense of humor or charisma.

She is chalk-full of great stories and fulfilling career advice, some of which I’d like to share (and more formally write-down) here…

“With reporting, I’ve learned it’s always do it nice, or do it twice.”

“A great investigation requires three things: an industry that is too big, has too much money, and has nobody watching.”

“There is no time for he-said, she-said in investigative journalism, that takes way too long. Especially if you’re freelancing, then you have absolutely no time for that.”

“In order to be a great reporter, I think you have to look at everything as a question. For example, if I see someone wearing a bow, I ask why are you wearing that? where did you learn about that style? or if I see someone drinking a coconut (true story) then I wonder when and how and why those coconut drinks became so popular, and it often takes me down a very interesting, elaborate road.” (The answer for the coconuts was the Coachella Music Festival).

“Don’t lean on your editor.”