Thoughts after the publication of my Sam Granato story:
I had fun, and I think it came through in the writing.
First person is difficult, but not impossible.
Objectivity is overrated.
Fairness is not overrated.
Drinking on the job makes Josh a better reporter.
Small details make big differences.
In politics, good analysis doesn’t need sourcing, only experience.
Experience will force a good reporter to make sure their analysis is accurate with, at the very least, off-the-record sources.
Too many reporters rely strictly on others to provide the analysis, which can actually hinder an article.
Life inside the candidate bubble is a lot different than outside the bubble.
This isn’t gonzo, but it’s a great first step.
I never, ever want to write a straight news story again.
I’m very aware that I may never write a story like this again.