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The Best Reporting Comes From Being There

By December 17, 2012

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As any seasoned reporter can tell you, there's simply no substitute for being at the scene of an event, especially one as complex and confusing as a big breaking story like the horrific school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Only by being there in person can you get a literal sense of the place and the people. You can get basic information from a text or a phone interview, but you can't see the expression on the face of the person you're interviewing. You can't smell the smoke of the fire or feel its heat, or feel the sinking, sickening feeling of seeing a real body sprawled on pavement.

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When it Comes to Reporting, There's No Substitute for Being There

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