What are your best reporting/writing hacks?
August 20, 2014 2:22 PM Subscribe
So I'm finally getting some freelance assignments. Yay! But how do I actually do this organizationally?
I'm finally writing some longer articles for a few magazines. (Think longish journalistic articles.) I know I'm a pretty good writer. But I'm not quite sure of the logistics of keeping all my reporting materials together. The gear I have is a great digital recorder, a laptop, notepads and pens, and a phone, and a phone recording device (I know the laws about this). I'm not sure 1) how to organize these materials to make best use of them when writing and 2) how to organize them on me when I'm reporting, and how to keep track of everything (cards people give me, random notes or handouts, etc.)
Note: I am not a naturally organized person at all, so don't assume I even know the basics!
Any tips for this? How do you organize your notes (or take notes, for that matter), interview materials, digital files, etc? Any hacks or other gear for the reporting process that help later with the writing?