Chris Parker on Muck Rack

Chris Parker

Verified
Cleveland, Ohio
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  sports, basketball, public policy, government, corruption, alternative lifestyles/perspectives, music, art, theatre, culture, travel, health care, medicine, technology, hacking, pop culture, physics
Doesn't Cover: true crime stories, sentimental feel-good stories, hockey, classical music, Nickelback or Creed, food

Interview

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Trained on one. Learned to type on one. Never owned one.

How is social media changing news?

24-7 news cycle is more like pop radio - same hits over and over again. Needs to have a wide breadth, not same old tunes...

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Citizen Kane

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

email, that's to the point in the top and a bit more detail. Pitches CAN be too spare. How I might get in contact with relevant sources?

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

lightscribe echo pen, radio shack (RIP) phone splitter, 12 yr old MS Word, Express Scribe Transcription, Audacity, Freemake, MediaMonkey

What's your favorite social network?

Friends sitting around a fire.

Why did you become a journalist?

Trying to earn money while I plotted how to become famous and then subsequently "comfortable". Somehow I ended up here.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

Nope.

What story are you most proud of writing or working on?

Piece on Anonymous when that was a hot topic and story on shale oil's issues with debt as prices were about to plummet.

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Cultivate relationships & contacts. Who you know & have met proves just as (if not more) important as what you've learned/written in past.

When's the best time to pitch you?

When I'm not doing anything.

What's your favorite drink?

It changes periodically. Lately it's an Arnold Palmer featuring grapefruit & cherry-infused green tea topped with blueberry-lemonade.

When you're not at a computer, where are you most likely to be?

On the couch, or in the backyard which abuts a park, shooting hoops, buying groceries/cooking, or canoodling with my wife.

What's the most common misperception about your beat?

That I have a beat. If you don't specialize you sometimes get forgotten.

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