Over the weekend when I was talking about my work, someone asked me why I don’t just record everything.
That, is the biggest mistake ever. I’m sorry to enlighten you, but even with all this modern technology, we are not immortal. Things break, dysfunction, error, etc. But nothing is more reliable than being a good listener, taking fast notes and even a class in shorthand will be very helpful. What’s the worst that can happen? Pen run out of ink? There’s always another. Just make sure you bring a lot of paper with you on your assignments. Reporters notebooks can be found in any stationary store. Awkward, juggling a camera and notepad? Yeah, but it’s worth it.
This advice from a person who takes pride in the fact that I’ve never misquoted anyone in my 18-year professional writing career. Old fashioned perhaps, but why fix something that’s not broken. Go by the tried and true methods. One of the greatest assets of a good reporter is the ability to take good notes.