“You’re the pangolin guy!”
That’s how random people sometimes greet John Sutter, a contributor to CNN and National Geographic Explorer.
“I wrote this story around five years ago about pangolins, which are scale-covered, armadillo-looking things,” Sutter said. “They’re trafficked in high volumes in Southeast Asia and Africa. The investigation was originally hard to get approved. Some editors were like, ‘What is this weird creature? Why would we send you to Indonesia to do a story about it?’”
But Sutter’s story blew up on the internet. After CNN readers donated more than $17,000, Education for Nature Vietnam aired a PSA campaign in the area about pangolins. A reader started a successful petition on Change.org to put a pangolin in a Disney movie. There was even a “My Pangolin Friend” music video on YouTube.
When you’re a flourishing reporter, your impact can be both great and unexpected. Poynter’s newest training, Reporting Workshop for Rising Stars, is designed to help up-and-coming reporters maximize their influence by elevating their career and craft.
Sutter will co-lead the four-day workshop in October with Erin Ailworth, a disaster reporter for The Wall Street Journal. I talked with Sutter and Ailworth about how this Poynter training will teach newer reporters to strategically balance the “gajillion” things they’re asked to do, weather the turbulence of seeing a story through to the end, and view walking their dog as a journalistic exercise.
Mel: This is a new workshop for Poynter. Can you describe what it’s all about?
John: It’s a
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