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.

  • #267
    Successful video editing is based on three factors: having a storyline, having good audio, having good video.
    Dec 10, 2010
    Online, Multimedia, Video
  • #266
    To understand – and cover – the impact of wars, terrorism, national security issues and other global events on your community, you first have to assess the roles they play: How many people have been affected locally and why?
    Dec 09, 2010
    Reporting
  • #265
    The word that comes last in any list attracts special emphasis from the reader.
    Dec 08, 2010
    Writing
  • #264
    When creating visuals and graphics, consider Gestalt principle of similarity: Elements that appear to be similar are related.
    Dec 07, 2010
  • #263
    Use the knowledge of your online audience. Gain information from them that will help you use them as sources for appropriate stories.
    Dec 06, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #262
    Reports of minor criminal charges from the daily police blotters are a significant source of requests to unpublish content on news sites.
    Dec 05, 2010
    Ethics, online
  • #261
    Use color sparingly -- the contrast it creates is strong. Make sure you don't overdo it and obscure the message.
    Dec 04, 2010
  • #260
    Stories should reflect where the balance of scientific opinion really resides. If the vast majority of climate scientists believe, based on credible evidence, that continued greenhouse gas emissions will lead to significant risks, journalists do not have to present a false balance by always finding an expert who can argue otherwise.
    Dec 03, 2010
    Reporting
  • #259
    Productive and effective writers leave time and reserve energy for revision, a step that includes everything from story reconstruction to proofreading.
    Dec 02, 2010
    Writing
  • #258
    Safety is something we all care about. It's a way to motivate viewers to watch your story.
    Dec 01, 2010
    Broadcast