Has a Story
I AM OFTEN ASKED, “WHERE DO YOU
get your story ideas”? Great question!
But there is no one answer. Many stories are unearthed by our editorial
staff. Others are brought to us by our
many correspondents around the state.
Still others are pitched by the subjects
themselves or their media representa-
In the case of “Artful State,” this
month’s fine photographic essay (page
48), the concept emerged more than a
year ago at a luncheon with the New
Jersey chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. In listening
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Sensing a story, Payne started checking out several of the artisans suggest-
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Assistant editor Joanna Buffum also
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her story on Morristown-based Rago
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(page 54) were sown closer to home.
Buffum grew up in Morristown; she
and her mom have been bringing shoes
to Rago since Joanna was a little girl.
A drive through Sussex County inspired our story on sunflower farming (page 58). And whom better to assign the story to than the appropriately
named freelance writer, Susan Bloom?
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