A reporter's grain of salt

At Oil & Gas Journal, we categorize stories by sectors of the industry. As an OGJ reporter deciding how to approach any given story, I created another category. It's the "Oh brother, here we go again," category.This category announces its arrival with the clanging of mental warning bells, triggered by memories of my favorite journalism professor. When sending his reporting students out on assignment, he always said we should carry fresh notebooks, correct change for pay telephones, and a grain of salt.Reporters must approach stories with a grain of salt because some characters are motivated by hidden agendas. If a journalist grabs the obvious version of a story from the most vocal, ea...

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