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.

  • #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
  • #257
    A good ethical choice probably rests somewhere along a continuum: How much harm is necessary to tell how much important truth?
    Nov 30, 2010
    Ethics
  • #256
    Confess your ignorance to sources and ask them to help bring you up to speed. You may feel uncomfortable, but it's your first step toward gaining credibility with sources.
    Nov 29, 2010
    Reporting
  • #255
    Anniversaries are the most obvious news peg for features dealing with history, but try to look for others, such as an end-of-the-year retrospective or a preview to a big event.
    Nov 28, 2010
    Reporting
  • #254
    Use color for a purpose -- to unify elements to help readers through the page, for example. Be careful not to draw associations among things that don't belong together.
    Nov 27, 2010
  • #253
    Religious belief or morality is often used to justify assertions or behaviors--and it can also be used as a screen to disguise other motivations. Are there other factors or concerns at stake in the story besides religious conviction?
    Nov 26, 2010
    Reporting
  • #252
    Ethical decisions are based on something more than common sense. They are based on principles that are rooted in both our professional duty and the potential consequences of our actions.
    Nov 25, 2010
    Ethics