When your editor assigns you a story about road construction, it seems as obvious as the neon signs that denote work zones. Yet reporting is rarely as easy as it seems. I’ve found that the two construction stories I’ve written tend to be a little challenging because there’s no human element to them. It can also be very hard to gauge just how construction will have an impact when you’re just looking at diagrams and talking to a MoDOT engineer over the phone. So I took classic Schneller advice and actually got out of the newsroom to see the new Route K shoulders for myself. It helped me visualize and therefore, understand the story better. I also got stuck in a mild amount of rush hour traffic thanks to the construction and that helped generate my lede. When in doubt, get out of the newsroom and get a better story.