MON, 1:30PM  |  GENERAL SESSION

Everyone's a Character

You just need to know how to look for them

Led by Jeff Pearlman
There is this idea in journalism that you're always looking for great stories; that somewhere out there awaits a star ballplayer or a Hollywood icon begging for a profile. And the truth is, everyone is a character. The keys to journalism—and my career lasting a good while—is a willingness/anxiousness to see the uniqueness in people, and to find their stories.

This talk will delve into 2 1/2 decades of finding those stories—from the Times Square Naked Cowboy making $200k a year, to the Ground Zero homeless guitar player, to the racist relief pitcher, to the aspiring hip-hop artists handing out CDs in front of an abandoned store. Where to look. How to probe. How to make people feel comfortable enough to open up.

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