Work on TV gave you a lot?
- Of course. Methods of obtaining information, working with it. Well, the sources. When you are constantly looking for stories, people remember it - you meet them and ask: "What is interesting for you? Is there any story for the news??" On the one hand, you look like a paranoid, on the other hand, personal contacts work best.
Today, it is difficult for graduates of journalism departments to speak with their mouths on the phone - this is an atrophy of their professional skills. If you can't make phone calls, don't make journalism your profession! You will be hard. Because sometimes you have to call some politician, official and say: "Dude, you crap - comment." It's complicated. You have to get over yourself.
As for the sources, here you are walking with a neighbor with dogs, and he, for example, serves in the law enforcement agency. Slowly, little by little, you begin to discuss something with him, reach the level of "recruitment", then develop your "intelligence network" of people who, out of the kindness of their hearts or for money, sell you information that you really need. The more you get to know people, the better you can get information.
And if you try very, very hard, you can build the information agenda yourself - not rewrite press releases, but engage in journalism of facts. Today is Monday, a boring, empty day - but this does not mean that you have to sit and rewrite: "A car caught fire on the Left Bank", "Bionord" pour - the townspeople complain." Because everyone will write about it! When the channel "360", where I worked recently, closed the regional bureaus, I realized that one could be a news agency. After all, it turns out to get exclusives! For 12-13 years in the profession, a good base of contacts has been developed, there are people everywhere.
And I decided to try.