Breaking bread (and news) with sources
By Gene Park
So I inherited the police beat in January or February, and I’ve been trying very hard to develop sources for a department that has been famously and notoriously secretive in their operations.
It’s very difficult because I am not kama’aina, which means a local, but directly means “child of the land.” Sure I’m from an island, but since I don’t know how to spell the street names, it kinda gives me away.
So do you all have any tips on how you all develop sources? I’m not going to pretend I’m a guru at this: I was behind a desk for two of three years in my career, so I don’t have as much beat experience as some of you might have.