DTN Editors' Notebook
Greg D. Horstmeier DTN Editor-in-Chief
Wed Aug 27, 2014 01:39 PM CDT

People watching, and listening, are valuable activities for the journalist. So polishing those skills is something we more desk-bound reporters-turned-reporter-managers need to do whenever possible. You learn a lot by observing.

One of the most memorable events in my career was the farm auction I attended in the late '90s at which I suddenly realized there were more cell phones hanging from the hips of the farmers in attendance than leather pouches holding slip-joint pliers or Leatherman tools. I knew I was witnessing a seismic shift in what farming was all about, and would be about, in the future.

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