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By: Amy Nippert @nippert_r
Edited by: Christina M. Swords (Marvin)
As a freelancer in a pandemic, calling sources is a crucial part of my career. As a millennial who grew up in an age of instant messaging, calling sources is also a stressful part of my writing. I don’t hate talking on the phone, but the less well I know the person on the other end, the more intrusive and awkward it feels. Part of me wishes I could just text my sources. But I can’t, and phone calls provide an organic conversation in a way that texting or emails do not. Resigned in the knowledge that calling sources is going to be the normal process for a while, I’ve been thinking about why I find it so stressful and how to ameliorate some of those feelings.
One of my primary sources of anxiety is a sense of imposter syndrome. I’m not a professional reporter; instead, I’m a graduate student trying to break into more science writing. As such, I don’t have the authority and credibility of newspaper credentials. Still, the best way to learn is by doing, and it’s ok to tell your sources that you’re a freelance writer. If you’ve gotten a pitch accepted, say the publication. If you’re getting background to prepare a pitch, be transparent and mention possible publication options but still go for it. Sometimes there isn’t a story after talking to people; it’s important to know that prior to pitching.
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