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Michelle Nijhuis’ award-winning reporting on science and the environment appears in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many other publications. A longtime contributing editor of High Country News, she lives off the grid with her husband and daughter in rural western Colorado. She and Thomas Hayden are the co-editors of The Science Writers' Handbook.

7 responses to “Six essentials for ultralight field reporting”

  1. Hannah

    How do you make sure you don’t lose your data, whether through theft or weather-related mishaps? Do you always have an internet connection or are you able to back it up in some other way?

    I have also spent far too much time obsessing over the perfect piece of luggage. In my search, I have created a grid with a dozen or so different lightweight carry-on luggage options, and while the MLC is on there, I had completely overlooked the Candybar. Back to the drawing board.

  2. Bryn Nelson

    Great tips, Michelle. I’ve been toying with getting an iPad for travel, but one concern is how much typing/transcribing you can actually do on it. Do you do very much of that on the road, or wait until you’re back home before transcribing from your notebooks?

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