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Nate Silver’s incredibly wise advice for young journalists

Read 
blogs. 
Newspapers. 
Trade
 magazines. 
Books. 
Interview 
transcripts. 
Financial 
filings. … You 
should 
read 
broadly 
‐‐
 from 
people 
who 
come 
from 
different 
backgrounds 
and 
different 
sides 
of 
the 
political 
argument.
 You 
should 
read 
critically. 
Don’t 
assume 
that 
someone 
is 
right 
just 
because 
they 
have 
a 
big 
credential 
attached. There 
have 
been 
a 
number 
of 
studies 
‐‐ 
including 
some 
I’ve 
conducted 
myself 
‐‐
 which 
have 
demonstrated 
that 
a 
group 
of 
four 
political 
pundits 
is 
often 
no 
more 
insightful 
than 
a 
barbershop 
quartet. A
 high 
percentage 
of 
what 
passes 
for 
news 
is 
really 
just 
filler. But 
definitely 
spend 
a 
lot 
of 
time 
reading. 
Don’t 
feel 
guilty 
if 
you 
spend 
the 
first 
90 
minutes 
of 
your 
day 
drinking 
coffee 
and 
reading 
blogs 
‐‐ it’s 
your 
job. 
Your 
ratio 
of 
reading 
to 
writing 
should 
be 
high.

— Nate Silver spoke at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and delivered pearls of statistically-viable wisdom. The entire thing is worth reading.