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Behind the Column: Country Music’s Annie Reuter

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Growing up in Jersey. Which artists and songs were your favorites to listen to?

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Country music. How did you decide to become a journalist in the industry?

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Picture with Lady A on your Twitter account profile. What stands out for you about that meeting with the trio, one of many over the past ten years?

Nashville citizens rallied to come together after the March tornadoes. However, within days, everything was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. How is the city coming together to continue to rebuild?

You mentioned that watching Essex County’s livestreams have helped you get through the quarantine. What other artists have you recently discovered?

John Krasinski started “Some Good News” to share, well, some good news during an onslaught of bad news. If you were to start “Some Good News — The Country Music Edition”, whose story would you be sharing this week?

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Bobby Bones posted he wanted to help people affected by the quarantine. In your post thanking him, you mentioned wanting to pay it forward. What would be your own personal good news story from the quarantine?

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Brett Eldredge took time off to put together his upcoming project. You said he shared how the song “Where the Heart Is” is the mission statement for the album. How has the song helped you get through these tough times?

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What are you doing to take care of yourself during the quarantine?

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Was great meeting you last year at Stagecoach. Totally loved your ‘old school’ approach to taking notes while interviewing artists. What ‘old school’ music is on your quarantine playlist?

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Big Kenny of Big & Rich teaching Reuter how to two step.

Putting together questions, researching before an interview. What advice would you give new writers to help them come up with ideas as they prepare for an interview?

Previously on-staff at Billboard. Putting together features. I’m definitely a fan of your writing style. How has your writing evolved since you started?

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Post about your first-ever cover story in “Country Weekly”. Can you describe what it was like seeing the published magazine the first time?

Typical day in the life of a journalist. How do you plan and schedule your interviews so you can meet publication deadlines?

Moving forward. What steps do you see the music industry taking in the next few months to keep fans engaged until artists can begin touring again?

Have seen some artists are offering online private lessons, for example, voice. Do you see writers offering similar lessons for new journalists?

From interviewing up-and-coming artists to superstars like Dolly Parton. Can you share some of the funniest/favorite moments from your interviews?

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Music heals. What message do you want to share with artists and fans alike as we move towards our new normal?

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