Reporting

Each day, Poynter's News University will share a tip, a suggestion or idea to help your reporting, writing, editing, photography, design, and multimedia work better. We'll draw tips from our more than 150 training modules. Follow us on Twitter with our #nutip hashtag. Or subscribe to our RSS feed.

  • #226
    Never refer to “the global warming debate” or the “climate change debate” and never write that the “debate is settled.” There is no single debate; there are separate debates within science, within policy and within economics, and about how scientific findings should guide policy.
    Oct 28, 2010
    Reporting
  • #224
    If a source tries to evade a question, ask it in a different way, perhaps later in the interview.
    Oct 26, 2010
    Reporting
  • #222
    Climate-change reporting on a local level is likely to involve efforts to adapt to emerging climate changes and energy sources.
    Oct 24, 2010
    Reporting
  • #216
    People at polls often find it intrusive when reporters ask who they voted for. It may be better and more informative to ask which issue helped them decide on who to vote for.
    Oct 18, 2010
    Reporting
  • #215
    Some countries require journalists to obtain a journalist’s visa. Though these can be time-consuming to procure, this is the recommended way of entering a country. Being anything less than honest in your paperwork can get you into serious trouble.
    Oct 16, 2010
    Reporting
  • #211
    When polling, be aware that many young people are only using cell phones so the final poll numbers for younger people can be skewed slightly.
    Oct 11, 2010
    Reporting
  • #209
    To get a useful context, journalists should ask what kinds of green jobs are being created, what role does innovation play in those jobs, and what is the big-picture strategy?
    Oct 09, 2010
    Reporting
  • #205
    If you’re reporting internationally and you don’t have any contacts before you arrive, visit the editors of the local English-language newspapers. They often will have suggestions.
    Oct 05, 2010
    Reporting
  • #198
    If education is your beat, you need to spend time in the actual classrooms. Developing relationships can help make that happen.
    Sep 27, 2010
    Education, Reporting
  • #196
    Identifying nonprofits that are tax-exempt is key for journalists. These organizations must release a fair amount of financial information to the public, which can help with many stories.
    Sep 24, 2010
    Reporting