Every journalist needs to make sure that they have a pen and paper handy. Even though I’m an iPad addict, using it with Evernote for most of my note-taking, there are times when it just not possible to use the iPad or a laptop. For example, you may need to stand or, at the end of a busy day, you may be out of power with no access to a power outlet for recharging.
Notebooks – Moleskine
When it comes to stationery, I carry a Moleskine notebook. I prefer to use the Ruled Cahier Journal as it’s slim and light. I started using this type of Moleskine when I left home without a notepad on a trip and grabbed a three-pack at the airport. However, I’ve not looked back. I also keep a Moleskine 240-page hard-cover notebook handy in the office for making notes when something pops into my head. Also, there are times when I prefer to use pen and paper – it can be a kind of therapy.
Some of my friends prefer the Moleskine Reporter as the front cover flips back rather than opening like a regular book.
With pens, I’ve learned that you’re actually buying two things. The body of the pen is important and the type of refill is. A good pen store will left you mix and match in order to get the best fit.
I have two pens that I use regularly. One is a Rotring multi-pen that support four different writing tips. It simultaneously holds a black refill (I prefer black to blue), a red refill, a mechanical pencil and a stylus.
With the Rotring, I use LAMY refills that are found at most of the stationers local to me. These are comfortable to write with, flowing nicely over paper without slipping or offering too much resistance.
You can buy the Rotring Multipen from the Amazon Store.
The other pen I use is a Fischer Space pen. This isn’t as comfortable to write with but the Fischer system is engineered so that you can write on just about any angle. This is handy when I need to take notes leaning on a wall or some other uncomfortable writing position.
The Fisher Space Pen is available from the Amazon Store.