Hello, I’m a Journalist. Can We Talk?

From a New York Times Insider column by Callie Holtermann headlined “Hello, I’m a Journalist. Can We Talk?”:

Every day, reporters at The New York Times have to persuade people, often total strangers, to open up and share their stories with millions of readers. Including people’s real experiences in an article can lend credence to the reporting. Whether reporters are approaching people on the street or through cold calls, they often only have a few moments to make their pitch or build rapport — which makes a concise and compelling introduction all the more crucial.