The Quick and the Deadline
Robert Smith


Third Coast Conference, USA, 2012
Conference Audio
How to, Humorous, Media
77 09


Okay. So you don't have months to craft a perfect story. You have hours. But don't throw away everything you've learned at Third Coast just because you're on a tight deadline.

Character, narrative and compelling scenes are all possible in daily features. You just need a plan. NPR's Robert Smith shows you how to make tough radio choices before you leave the office, put a little spark into deadly dull events, and how to write like the wind.


Robert Smith is a correspondent for NPR's Planet Money, where he tells stories about the global economy. Before that, he was NPR's general assignment man in New York reporting on all sorts of mayhem and madness in the big city. Smith covered the last three Presidential elections with NPR's political team. He also reported from New Orleans on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. He lives in Brooklyn. 


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