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Rembrandt Already Did That

I’ve reached a point in journalism where my publication production is based directly upon how many articles I can possibly publish, which is directly based on how much time I have. More time = more articles = more money. I’ve been hitting a big bottleneck each month that I just can’t produce as much as [...]

I’ve reached a point in journalism where my publication production is based directly upon how many articles I can possibly publish, which is directly based on how much time I have. More time = more articles = more money.

I’ve been hitting a big bottleneck each month that I just can’t produce as much as I am able to otherwise publish, which has lead me to devising ways to streamline the process:

I keep thinking of how assembly lines increase efficiency by segmenting tasks to multiple individuals or how passing construction materials from person to person along a line allows for faster movement of each piece. What if I could break down the process of writing articles into separate tasks and employ a small team to work on them together.

So I could plan out the basic framework of an article, write up my interview questions, send this off to a researcher who assembles the background information and does the interviews; then these interviews are passed off to a transcriber, who handles the arduous, time consuming task of transferring recorded interviews into text; and when this is done it’s all sent back to me to put it all together, write it up, and publish.

The more I thought about this the more it became apparent how much it could scale my ability to produce and how I could actually write all of the stories I want to publish, the more feasible it seemed.

I could run something in journalism like Rembrandt did with painting.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3545 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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