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The “human touch”: the key to digging up court records

Sisti, Leo
http://www.icij.org/resources/human-touch-key-digging-court-records

Publisher:  ICIJ
Date Written:  12/07/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article

The most important asset for a reporter is the “human touch.” It means becoming familiar with all the sources in the field. It means that a special technique is necessary to reach my goal of obtaining documents. Drinking coffee or having dinner with my sources is vital to cultivating important conduits of information. It’s a technique that is not workable overnight. It’s a technique that requires patience and time: months, years.

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