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WJI: Ten things I've learned.

1. Tell the story. Find the story. Make it a story. Personalize the story. It's a story that needs to be told, and it needs to be coherent and compelling.

2. Show the story. Use a little color. Don't say that "she was happy." Say that "she smiled widely when I told her the news."

3. Work together. ("Work, work together...") It's a lot easier to do your job if someone's helping you, and then you can help out your partner. You play off each other's strengths.

4. Windows Live Movie Maker is the least capable video maker possible.

5. New York streets make sense, and it takes half an hour to walk to the Hudson River from the Empire State building.

6. Don't talk while you're trying to take video. That's your natural sound you're obliterating!

7. Get some variety in your photos and videos, both in composition and in content. Don't take all your pictures of the same two things.

8. Waking up at 5:40 A.M. can be worth it.

9. So can walking half an hour each way to interview miscellaneous bike enthusiasts.

10. Journalism just gets more fun the more I do it.


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