Be Nice… Always

No matter what happens you always have to be nice. There’s really no way around it.

That may seem pretty straight forward and easy to remember, but sometimes people push your buttons. Whether it’s not calling you back or refusing to comment, the list goes on, but you have to take it in stride.  You cannot let it get to you. It isn’t always on purpose too. I keep my smile and cordial attitude and call the next person.

I’ve found that it’s also asinine to hold grudges. People will give you a hard time. Not all of the time, but there are people who will not make your job any easier. That may seem weird, but think about it. Do you want to hold a grudge on someone who could potentially help you out down the road? You never know when there could be a breaking story and that’s the only person available to talk. You cannot take that risk. Plus, people don’t always want to to talk to you.

I must admit that usually people do end up getting back to you. It may be after deadline has already passed, but at least they made the effort.

As frustrating as a certain situation may be, you have to work through it. The story has to get written if you are mad or not. That’s just the way it is. I’ve been frustrated a few times so far. I’ve gotten used to it. A story written while being upset is going to come out awful compared to a story where you put down the facts and how the events happened. Nothing comes out the way you want it to when something is bothering you, especially on deadline

You have to be nice. You cannot risk losing a source or a contact. Your editor won’t care when deadline has already passed and you have absolutely no one to call because you are upset that person ignored your calls last week. I’ve come to the understanding that the job is more important. It has to be. People are depending on you, and not just your editors and fellow reporters.

So, be nice.

Jonathan

 

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