Training Tip of the Day

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.

  • #619
    The greatest value in social media is in building a strategy, setting a course that can be executed and measured — and then giving it a go.
    Jun 12, 2013
  • #618
    When interviewing someone who has been through a dramatic event, be both self-aware and aware of the impact that trauma has on others. This can help you tell a story knowledgeably and with sensitivity.
    Jun 01, 2013
  • #617
    As a manager, develop your mission and include staff input. Have each work group define its mission and incorporate the common themes into the overall vision for the newsroom.
    Mar 26, 2013
  • #616
    Use "which" for clauses that offer incidental information; use "that" for clauses that give information necessary for the sentence. (The stream, which rises dangerously during flood season, flows near the village. The stream that rises dangerously during flood season flows near the village.)
    Mar 26, 2013
  • #615
    When coming to a new company in a managerial role, find out how your manager wants to interact with you. Will you meet every day, and if so, where? Does the GM prefer to get information in writing, on the phone or in person? Cover all the possible angles from the early going.
    Mar 26, 2013
    Leadership, Management
  • #614
    When creating audio stories, consider the gaps in your recordings with each new interview and ask questions accordingly.
    Mar 26, 2013
  • #613
    Use verbs in their strongest form, the simple present or past. Strong verbs create action, save words and reveal the players.
    Mar 26, 2013
  • #612
    In the front of your notebook, write a list of the five or six questions that readers would ask about your story and number them in the order that readers would ask them.
    Mar 26, 2013
    The Interview
  • #611
    Multimedia stories should be nonlinear. Engage readers by letting them choose what elements to read and when to read them.
    Mar 26, 2013
  • #609
    Avoid large, meaningless numbers. Compare abstract numbers to something your audience can comprehend, such as comparing the number of gallons in the city’s aquarium to the number of average-sized swimming pools that would fill.
    Mar 25, 2013