Reporters on the Job
• Keep 'Em Talking: Staff writer Mark Sappenfield is in Pakistan covering the parliamentary elections. He's noticed that there is a kinetic energy to interviews with South Asians. "The longer you go, the more momentum builds and the more effusive the person becomes," Mark says.
"A quick 10-minute conversation over tea can become an hour-long dissertation that draws a direct link between the Mughal Empire of the 16th century and current wheat prices. When I was going among polling stations Sunday, the election observers I talked to would start off saying there was no fraud. Then the longer they talked, the more examples of fraud they would come up with. None were major, but simply by continuing the conversation their reticence broke and their desire for 'gupshup' (aka gossip) took over. "
– David Clark Scott