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  • #183
    When you report about poll results, know in what order the questions were asked. An earlier question can influence the answer of a later question that is central to your story or any conclusions you might draw.
    Sep 10, 2010
  • #172
    When covering science, it is crucial to read and understand as much background material as possible. Identify experts who can help you understand the issues as well.
    Aug 30, 2010
  • #167
    "Retreats" should raise a red flag. Just because a public body wants to meet at the beach or mountains for a retreat doesn’t mean the open meetings law doesn’t apply.
    Aug 24, 2010
  • #166
    Do not treat different environmental processes as one. Doing this often highlights debate where, in fact, there may be significant consensus.
    Aug 23, 2010
  • #162
    When reporting overseas, inform banks and credit-card companies that you're traveling abroad. If you don't, they may freeze your account while you're away because your international transactions may appear suspicious.
    Aug 19, 2010
  • #158
    In a war zone, journalists should never, never carry weapons. It is vital that journalists retain the distinction between themselves and combatants.
    Aug 15, 2010
  • #152
    When capturing video, make sure you collect all the video and audio you need while you are at the scene. Unlike print reporting, in a video story you usually can't call a source back to collect information or add a quote.
    Aug 09, 2010
    online, Reporting, Video
  • #147
    When covering climate-change policy, recognize that there is a difference of opinion among experts on major policy questions, which makes it a fruitful area for developing story ideas.
    Aug 04, 2010
  • #145
    Learn all the different media your newspaper use: online, video, audio, print. It will make you more marketable.
    Aug 02, 2010
  • #140
    When reporting for more than one platform, make your interviews longer – you never know what information you'll get that might work better in a different medium.
    Jul 26, 2010