“My brother, in almost every conversation we’ve ever had about work, he’s always said to me, “You have to be humble.” I mean, the job of a reporter is kind of omnidirectional self-abasement, right? You’re going to experts who know more than you about the thing in its kind of structural terms. You’re going to people who are being affected by it in ways that you aren’t, so they know more about how it feels and how it’s working in a way, and certainly their lives, than you do. You’re going to an editor who has a better sense than you do for story structure and how things need to be if they’re going to work. You’re going to readers who ultimately are the judge of your success. I mean it’s a funny position in that way, because you really need to be able to learn from all kinds of different people.”

Ezra Klein, Editor in Chief of Vox.com in Esquire’s The Mentorship Project, a series of fifty interviews with men about the mentors who made them who they are today. (via futurejournalismproject)

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

— William Faulkner, who would have turned 117 today. (via kickstarter)

ICYMI: The story about my 417-mile, 24-day trek down America’s most #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. With info about how you can get involved in saving the San Joaquin. Photo by Danielle Katz from Rivers for Change. (That’s me in the orange jacket). I couldn’t have made it to the SF Bay without help from that group, which promotes source to sea river literacy. Worthy cause.

ICYMI: The story about my 417-mile, 24-day trek down America’s most #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. With info about how you can get involved in saving the San Joaquin. Photo by Danielle Katz from Rivers for Change. (That’s me in the orange jacket). I couldn’t have made it to the SF Bay without help from that group, which promotes source to sea river literacy. Worthy cause.

Hey everyone! My story about the #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. Thanks to those who followed along here. Let me know what you think, and consider a donation to these guys from Tuolumne River Trust. CNN reader donations will go toward low income kids going on a canoe trip on the San Joaquin. Could be life-changing. It’s so important to reconnect people with rivers. They’re mostly invisible. Thanks again! #latergram #cadrought #sanjoaquin #california #rivers

Hey everyone! My story about the #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. Thanks to those who followed along here. Let me know what you think, and consider a donation to these guys from Tuolumne River Trust. CNN reader donations will go toward low income kids going on a canoe trip on the San Joaquin. Could be life-changing. It’s so important to reconnect people with rivers. They’re mostly invisible. Thanks again! #latergram #cadrought #sanjoaquin #california #rivers

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