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I’ve come to find out that this job is 85 percent interpersonal connection and only 15 percent technical journalistic skill. Good stories are so much more than the physical time they takes us, as journalists, to create. They are the written incarnation of a relationship that we nurtured, however briefly, with our subjects. The true tests of a journalist’s success lies in his or her ability to craft a trust-based rapport with their sources, their peers and their community.