Editor’s note: This month, we bring you brief reminders from pros around the world about what or who helped them forward in their careers.

In broad strokes, the internet has contributed to several difficult situations we face as journalists in 2019, but I’m also thankful for the internet’s archival magic. Digitized materials make historical research more accessible. Those details, previously hidden even if just by geographic distance, can enrich a story narrative with contemporaneous context — everything from decades-old radio reports and video clips to text descriptions as granular as the color of someone’s coat on a rainy Tuesday two hundred years ago. 

Dustin Renwick ~ freelance journalist

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