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As part of our Lighting Talks at N3Con 2017, we invite members to share stories about mistakes that may contain valuable lessons for our conference participants.
Learn from My Mistake
What is the worst mistake you made as a journalist in Asia that you would not want to see repeated by another AAJA-Asia member?
Mistakes can involve attire, protocols for interviews/press conferences, having the wrong plug adapter, whatever.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE : 15 April 2017
Always keep a promise to a source: In 1986, I covered a hearing about Honolulu’s most heavily used golf course, the Ala Wai. The 35-year-old daughter of a player did not testify but said she would let me paraphrase their concerns if I called her before going to print to verify my summary. I did not and got their concerns wrong. She called after and said she would never talk to another reporter again.
Reporter, The Honolulu Advertiser
NOTE: This PDF shows a photo of the golf course, illustrating the mistake with a headline highlighting lesson learned from mistake.
PS – We also invite you to suggest topics for the Lightning Talks.