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.

  • #604
    Put your leads on a diet. Replace verbs in the present continuous tense – “is planning,” “are hoping” – with shorter simple present verbs – “plan,” “hope.”
    Feb 27, 2013
    The Lead Lab
    Journalism Basics
  • #603
    Multimedia must be multidimensional. Be sure it includes strong video as well as graphics, audio and text. The best multimedia uses the strengths of each medium to tell the story in a way that draws in readers.
    Feb 27, 2013
  • #602
    With a multi-part question, the source will probably answer only the last part ... so, ask one simple, direct question at a time. – Bob Schieffer
    Feb 27, 2013
    Climate Change, Reporting
  • #601
    Budgets are the DNA of government, showing where the money is flowing, from whom and to whom. Go back two or three years and see where the money has come from and gone.
    Feb 27, 2013
    FOI, Reporting
  • #600
    If on a new beat, turn to your predecessor for help with sources (and their contact information), issues, people to watch, helpful public records and unused story ideas.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Covering a Beat, Reporting
  • #599
    Open-ended questions are especially important when producing audio narratives because they encourage subjects to answer in complete and descriptive sentences.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Audio, Online, Multimedia
  • #598
    Often overlooked, post-mortems are extremely helpful in letting team members know what they could have done better in executing a plan.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Leadership, Management
  • #597
    Avoid numbers soup. Use no more than two or three numbers in a paragraph and have no more than one or two paragraphs in a row that contain numbers.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Math, Reporting, Writing
  • #596
    Mentions of race and/or ethnicity in reporting often fall into four categories: inexplicable, uneven, misplaced and unexplained. Be wary of these.
    Feb 27, 2013
  • #595
    When it comes to covering climate change three words -- range, probability and uncertainty -- are critically important, because they mean the questions do not have simple, absolute answers.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Climate Change, Reporting