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.

  • #95
    When covering science, remember that nothing is ever definitive. So keep your eyes open for the emergence of new findings and evidence.
    Jun 11, 2010
    Reporting
  • #93
    "Be a person first, a journalist second and a photographer last." – photojournalist Todd Heisler
    Jun 09, 2010
    Photojournalism, Reporting
  • #90
    Tweet story ideas and get feedback from followers.
    Jun 06, 2010
  • #85
    When dealing with an uncooperative source, don’t lose your cool. Try to negotiate, leave your business card, try email, and contact colleagues of the source.
    Jun 01, 2010
    Reporting, Reporting
  • #83
    When dealing with someone who has been through a traumatic event, avoid “over-empathizing.” It may not be professional.
    May 30, 2010
    Reporting, Reporting
  • #79
    Sometimes stopping and looking at something historically and in detail counters the immediacy of mainstream news
    May 26, 2010
    Reporting, Writing
  • #78
    When interviewing someone who has been through a dramatic event, a journalist needs to be both self-aware and aware of the impact that trauma has on others. This can help the journalist tell a traumatic story knowledgeably and with appropriate sensitivity.
    May 24, 2010
  • #75
    Sometimes when covering the crime beat, a reporter doesn’t have much time to prepare questions. Have a dozen boilerplate questions ready for different situations.
    May 21, 2010
    Reporting
  • #65
    “Coffee and conversation. Once a week, buy a key person coffee. Learn what they want from you before telling them what you want from them. When possible, do interviews in person. Build relationships. While on a story, log contact info for good sources you meet. Then ask them out for coffee.” --Erin Barnett, The Oregonian
    May 11, 2010
    Beat reporting, Reporting
  • #63
    “In developing a beat, never ignore the janitor, the groundskeeper, the secretary, anyone on the front line every day. A well-placed conversation about sports or over a pastry can yield amazing results when conventional contacts clam up.” -- Michael Bockoven, The Grand Island (Neb.) Independent
    May 09, 2010
    Reporting