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.

  • #219
    The best SEO headlines match the most common relevant search queries.
    Oct 21, 2010
    Editing, online
  • #218
    One critical question to ask when developing guidelines for publishing breaking news online: How quickly do you report information that may change?
    Oct 20, 2010
    Ethics, Leadership, online, Reporting
  • #217
    In single-copy sales, have a mix of 10 percent boxes and 90 percent dealers. It might help if some of your boxes have a credit-card mechanism.
    Oct 19, 2010
    Advertising & Sales
  • #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
  • #214
    To compete effectively, TV news producers must hold your attention, literally from one second to the next. That is why their cardinal rule is, "Don't let the viewer go anywhere else."
    Oct 15, 2010
    Broadcast
  • #213
    Many of the best blogs break up the text with images, charts or pullouts in order to give the reader’s eyes a break.
    Oct 13, 2010
  • #212
    Readers tend to trust opinion less than straight news in both print and online.
    Oct 12, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #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
  • #210
    Readers actually share a lot of editors’ concern about what makes good journalism when stories go online. Everyone is in favor of verifying information.
    Oct 10, 2010
    Online, Multimedia