Susanne Craig’s Advice to Journalism Students: Pick Up the Phone

New York Times reporter visited San Diego State University.

SDSUJournalismLogoThe timing for a West Coast talk given by Susanne Craig, the New York Times reporter who divulged details about President-elect Donald Trump’s 1990s tax filings, was apt. The event took place just ahead of Alec Baldwin tweeting back to Trump that he would retire the SNL impression if the next Commander-in-Chief released his personal tax filings.

Rebeca Reyes, a staff writer for student newspaper The Daily Aztec, has a good summary of the Dec. 2 San Diego State University events. Craig was invited to speak at SDSU by journalism junior Tiffany Jones. During the journalist’s talk in Professor Martin Kruming’s Media Law & Ethics class, she gave some sound, simple advice:

Craig said journalism students should not be afraid to call people in or be afraid of the story that comes from an unexpected place.

“Keep an open mind,” Craig said. “Don’t be afraid that the story may take you to a place that you didn’t think. I think when people talk about bias or an agenda comes up too, I think you obviously have to have an idea of what the story is. Go after that, keep an open mind.”

This is the first time Craig has been invited by a student to speak at a school rather than by a faculty member. Reyes has some fun detail about that angle, including Jones’ reaction when Craig said yes.

Craig, together with Jones and Professor Kuming, started last Friday with a breakfast discussion with a group of reporters from digital outlet inewsource and also was able to meet with the San Diego Union-Tribune investigative team.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Susanne Craig Jokes About Ted Cruz Connection