John Gierach is likely the only person who can send just about anything in and have it published.
It’s that time of year. If you haven’t already committed to attending OWAA’s annual conference, you are probably weighing the pros and expenses.
When an assigned word count limits the amount of information you can present in an article, most of us rely upon photos, the picture’s-worth-athousand-words, space-saving solution for presenting visual details that describing might consume too many column inches.
Interviewing is an intimate method of harvesting a person’s experience, observations or expertise for a story. The kid who caught a state-record fish and the hiker who completed the Appalachian Trail in record time are initially just a few numbers and some background on a page.
An Oregon police chief in my newspaper’s circulation area was arrested for illegally guiding would-be cougar and bobcat poachers, who happened to be undercover police officers.
A dim but unrelenting chorus chimes in my mind. “Where is that word I want?”
But sometimes people want to hear exactly what a subject has to say in his or her own words. That’s where the question-and-answer format comes in.
First, I have to apologize for starting off with a cliché, but I think I can justify it.
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