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.

  • #139
    When writing for the Web, be very clear. Think of immediate, intuitive reader questions and answer them high in the story.
    Jul 25, 2010
    Online, Multimedia, Writing
  • #138
    When designing for a mobile device, throw out everything you know about the Internet. For one, the navigation devices are vastly different on different phones.
    Jul 24, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #137
    The words that describe race and ethnicity come with baggage, and journalists interested in communicating accurately, fairly and precisely need to unpack the language and use it with purpose.
    Jul 23, 2010
    Reporting
  • #136
    Understanding different personality types and cultural sensitivities will help you have more effective relationships with your bosses, peers and members of your team.
    Jul 22, 2010
    Leadership, Management
  • #135
    The key document to look for when covering nonprofits is tax form 990, which documents where all of the organization’s money is coming from and going.
    Jul 21, 2010
    Reporting
  • #134
    With multimedia, there are generally lots of ideas and not enough time to produce them all. Pick what you want to do for each story and try to do that well.
    Jul 20, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #133
    If you need to report overseas, don’t pack notebooks and electrical adaptors. Save space in your luggage and buy cheap ones when you get to the area.
    Jul 19, 2010
    Reporting
  • #132
    Readers can enter your website onto any page. Be sure the navigation is obvious from every page to guide readers who could stay and click around.
    Jul 18, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #131
    When it comes to difficult conversations, try to be perceived as a collaborator. If you have a reputation for that, people will understand when circumstances demand you use another style.
    Jul 17, 2010
    Leadership, Management
  • #130
    An FOI Act request may be made by anyone. To get information you do not need to tell the agency why you are making the request.
    Jul 16, 2010
    Reporting