By Gene Park | April 29th, 2007
As journalists, we’re lugging around all kinds of gear and paperwork, mostly to make us look really busy. Sometimes we really are.
So what kind of stuff do you lug around to help you do your job? Here’s my stuff
Notebook: Natch. You never know when you’re gonna get a callback or a tip on your cell phone while you’re driving. It’s always nice to be able to pull over and at least take down whatever info you can.
Macbook: I literally use this thing as a notebook. I always have a word processor open, and I type almost as fast as some people can talk, and it helps me formulate my stories better if I’m able to actually visualize how the words appear written out. Plus it has an airport. And wherever wireless isn’t available…
Modem: I lug around my Clearwire modem, which doesn’t require a line out to log onto the ‘Net. Instead, alls I need is an outlet to charge the modem, and I just plug it into my laptop. It works like a cell phone, picking up signal practically everywhere.
Recorder: I used to not rely on these things. I didn’t like how it can malfunction sometimes, and that it could run out of batteries. I also personally thought that I could zone out when I’m not concentrating intensely on what’s being said. But eventually I stopped being stubborn, and I purchased one. It’s helped out immensely, especially for those way-too-often times where there just isn’t a place to sit so I can type on my laptop.
Two cell phones: One personal, and one from the company. My company phone’s voicemail has my personal cell, so that way I’m the easiest person to get a hold of.