All the web-scraping, Twitter-searching, FOI-requesting tools in the world will never be able to fully replace a reliable human source as an asset to a story.
Cub reporter to grizzled columnist: “I’m not like you. Stories don’t just jump out of the woods stark naked saying, ‘Cover me!’”
— Overheard Newsroom (@OHnewsroom) September 24, 2013
A reliable network of contacts and sources is vital to any journalist, and can take years to develop, but where do you start?
Last year WorkInSports.com spoke to ESPN anchor Anish Shroff about how to build sources in sports journalism, but the tips and advice shared are just as relevant to any field.