The Writing Life: Journalism Lessons From Long Ago – Huffington Post

It wasn’t always this way. I was raised at the New York Times, at the knees of the greatest editor I have ever known, A. M. Rosenthal. His friends and detractors variously described him as a tyrant and demanding taskmaster in the newsroom. For me, however, he was a teacher. And the most enduring lesson that Rosenthal – who died in 2006 – taught me was that in the pursuit of truth and fairness, no price is too high to pay. Make that extra call, take that extra trip, visit that additional source – then do it all over again until you are truly convinced that your story is as accurate, as fair and as thorough as humanly possible.

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