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Anonymous asked
Hi Eli! Many of your story subjects are people going through some of the worst times of their lives. The grief process is complicated and difficult to navigate — how do you work with that and build relationships with your sources? And how long do those relationships last?

That’s true — I do tend to visit people at tough times, which means that the reporting relationships I form with people are usually intense. I am there with them for maybe a week or so at a time — but I am really THERE, in their houses, at all hours, in their offices or schools or doctors appointment — in every corner of their lives.

In a week like that, you can get to know somebody very well. Some of those relationships last long after the story runs, and others fade over time. But I like to think that every one of those reporting experiences sticks with me in some way — I learn something from those people and a piece of their experience sticks with me on the next story, and the next.

As for building those relationships, I think gaining trust is mostly just a matter of showing that you care about what the subject is dealing with, and that you think it matters on a big scale.

People are willing to trust and share their stories when they feel like you are listening, and when they feel like their stories matter.

That, and I leave my phone in the car. I want to give the people I’m writing about my undivided attention, and I don’t want to look down at my phone at the wrong moment and signal to them somehow that something on my Twitter feed is more important than what they are talking to me about. That cuts at trust very fast.

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there is a huge difference between genuinely liking someone and liking the attention they give you and it took me a long time to realise that

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is anyone reading that description 

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ryansealcrest:

does it come with butter pillows

is anyone reading that description 

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Didnt I say you were grounded

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German guy confused by the meaning of “Party Pooper”.

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"I wonder what I should do today"

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