UNC-Chapel Hill journalism professor Andy Bechtel spoke with Axios Raleigh reporter Zachery Eanes about his job.
Here is an excerpt:
Q. Describe your job at Axios Raleigh. What is your typical day like?
A. I view my job as launching a new media product in the Triangle and getting it to a sustainable place. On a daily basis that means reporting on a variety of news. Essentially, we want to cover the things that Triangle residents are talking about or giving them the news they will be talking about, whether that is politics, business, food or whatever weird thing is happening down the street.
Typically, though, I tend to cover stories involving business and the economy, while my co-writer Lucille Sherman is one of the sharpest political reporters in the state.
A standard day involves multiple conversations with sources, my partner Lucille as well as my editor Jen Ashley and Axios Southern Bureau Chief Michael Graff. My office is currently at home, but I try to leave it to work from different parts of the Triangle as much as possible, often to meet with sources or to do reporting.
Ideally, I will have written much of the newsletter in advance, but if not, I write in the morning and go through editing in the afternoon. Some days begin really early — around 5:45 a.m. — if I am the reporter who will be going through final edits with our copy editor in the morning. Lucille and I usually rotate that task.
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