The Reporter's Companion (Classic Reprint)by Benn Pitman
The proper, because the best instrument for reporting, is a gold pen - provided the writer obtains one suited to his hand, and style of writing. Pen and ink are as superior to pencil for reporting as for correspondence: in both cases the reading is as important as the writing. A pencil may be occasionally used for practice,
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The proper, because the best instrument for reporting, is a gold pen - provided the writer obtains one suited to his hand, and style of writing. Pen and ink are as superior to pencil for reporting as for correspondence: in both cases the reading is as important as the writing. A pencil may be occasionally used for practice, and for actual reporting, when a pen cannot be conveniently employed; as when the writer is obliged to make a desk of his knee, or his hat, or the shoulder of the person in front of him, at a public meeting. One of the best reports of a meeting we ever remember reading, was made in a standing crowd, the reporter having to hold his note book considerably above his head.
Most reporters who have had equal opportunities of judging of the relative advantages of pen and pencil, prefer the former. A small glass inkstand, two inches square and one inch high, with large mouth and screw top, will be found most convenient. Smooth paper should never be used with a pencil, nor rough paper with a pen.
A pencil of medium hardness and blackness, of the quality of Faber's No. 3, is adapted for Phonographic reporting. For a report of a sermon, three or four pencils should be sharpened. Those who are unaccustomed to drawing will perhaps need to be told, that a pencil is best sharpened by cutting the wood to a long bevel, and rubbing the lead to a point upon a piece of sandstone, or a file. The pencil should be held somewhat more upright for reporting, than for longhand writing, otherwise the point will be liable to be broken off.
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