Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stories vs. articles

I tweeted this last night, and a couple people (Kate Harmon and Chris Dunn) already responded, picking out favorite parts of an interview with Ben Montgomery of the St. Petersburg Times.

There's a lot of great stuff here and it'd be tough for me to pick a favorite line or whatever. But one thing that resonated with me was that early on in his career, he said, he "quickly came to understand that I wanted to do stories, not articles." And he set out to get to a place and a position in which he could do that, and did.

Almost all of us start out doing articles, or the equivalent of them in whatever job we have. If you really want to do stories instead of articles, it'll take a lot of hard work and a lot of feeling like you'll never have the time to do stories because you're doing articles, but don't stop trying. Stories are the thing.

Here's more on Ben.