Five Pieces of Advice from Gay Talese

Gay TaleseThe journalist, author, and man of letters imparted a few pearls of wisdom during a recent talk at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.

"One of the problems of journalism today is how we are narrowing our focus and becoming indoors in terms of internalizing our reporting. The detail is what I think we’re missing."

"You have to be there. You have to see the people. Even if you don’t think you’re getting that much, you’re getting a lot more than you realize."

"If you’re an outsider you’re the perfect journalist."

"I don’t think you know almost until the piece is published whether it’s publishable."

"I don’t think I’ve learned anything in terms of technique. It’s as hard now as it was for me then."