Bio:Jerry Schwartz is a national writer and editor for the Associated Press, and a veteran journalist with more than 20 years' experience working in the news service's New York headquarters. He has worked as special assignment editor, directing operations of feature writers across the country. He has covered the courts, including the trial of subway avenger Bernhard Goetz; supervised election-night coverage of state and local elections; and traveled with the Pope. He worked on the AP's special desk established to cover the Persian Gulf War and directed international coverage of the Y2K phenomenon. He has also taught feature writing at New York University and copyediting for the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. Schwartz lives in Westfield, New Jersey.
Journalism and reporting have gone through dramatic shifts in our fast-moving, hi-tech information age. Yet, the basics of good reporting--distinct from the craft of writing--remain constant. Though reporters are each driven by their own individual brand of curiosity, empathy, or downright pushiness, solid interview techniques, source development, investigative and organizational skills, and keen objectivity are still necessary to recognize, obtain, and effectively communicate a story to a reade... more info>>