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.

  • #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
  • #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
  • #251
    The productive writer is a hunter and gatherer, collecting data, information from interviews, online research, narrative elements such as scenes and dialogue, memories and personal observations, key words and interesting language.
    Nov 24, 2010
    Reporting, Writing
  • #250
    You can't change what people are searching for, but you can adjust keywords in your online headline to ensure that likely search terms have prominence in your content.
    Nov 23, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #249
    Natural sound is key to broadcast video features. It can drive the pace and sets the scene.
    Nov 22, 2010
  • #248
    A difficult conversation is a lot like a tightrope walk. It involves a starting point, a step-by-step path, a balance bar to keep you steady, a safety net to protect you, a finish point and success.
    Nov 20, 2010
    Leadership, Management
  • #247
    When reporting internationally, keep a low profile. There’s no reason to advertise that you are a U.S. citizen.
    Nov 19, 2010
  • #246
    As a videographer, think of your camera as a story box. Get as much good material as you can into your box to tell the story.
    Nov 18, 2010
  • #245
    To avoid invasion of privacy liability: Get consent from the people you cover, where possible.
    Nov 17, 2010
    online, Reporting
  • #244
    In general, too long is better than too short. Too long can become just the right length with a series of editing and revising strategies.
    Nov 16, 2010