It’s a good list, and you should read it, though I would move #8 (meet people) to #1. And I would probably say that if you haven’t done #6 (work for campus media), you might want to try to do that before you graduate — though the Missourian and Vox will continue to provide you with many hands-on opportunities after this semester, if you want more.
I love what he (and others in the post) have to say about technology — that we need to be aware of know how to use some of the tools so we tell stories the way they’re crying out to be told. I was just talking to Abbey Sussell about a story she’s doing for the 10-year anniversary of 9-11, and we decided it really ought be told through the voices of the people she interviews. Photos + audio! Of course! Then people can just mouse over the pictures and hear people talk about that day, 10 years ago.
If you really give yourself time to think about it — before you begin to report — you are likely to conclude that the story isn’t text and a headline. The story is just out there — a living thing, waiting to be captured, and whether you do that with a still camera or an audio recording or a graphic or some combination thereof — it’s still a story. It’s telling the reader something.
It might just be something that helps us understand the world a little bit better. For example: