Don’t mix tequila and vodka. At least not in large quantities.
Use social media but remember social media is not how the bills get paid or how you connect with your best sources. It’s a tool, but it isn’t usually the best tool.
You know who went to the top of the hold list.
If you get directions on how to get some place from a source, make sure to get their number too. This way if they end up giving you terrible directions you can get a hold of them. Also look up the location yourself as well.
This webpage has tons of resources for journalists to find jobs, do better research, get freelance work and learn more about the industry. I suggest giving it a look-see (Midwestern slang for checking something out). Espcially if you are looking for a job and don’t know where to start.
You will eventually develop least-favorite sources as well as favorite sources. Be even more careful to always contact them.
Do everything you can reasonably do to meet with sources in person and if you cannot, try to talk on the phone instead of over email. If you can’t reach someone, you can’t ask them follow-up questions.