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.

  • #205
    If you’re reporting internationally and you don’t have any contacts before you arrive, visit the editors of the local English-language newspapers. They often will have suggestions.
    Oct 05, 2010
  • #204
    To increase single-copy sales, invest in point-of-purchase sale locations that can also be used for cross-promotions.
    Oct 04, 2010
    Advertising & Sales
  • #203
    Online readers tend to identify inappropriate comments in open chat areas. Set and enforce boundaries to keep discussions in bounds and healthy.
    Oct 02, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #202
    TV news is a very personal medium. One person is telling another a story practically face to face. As a viewer you are involved because you are watching and listening.
    Oct 01, 2010
  • #201
    When writing breaking news for the Web, don’t write around unanswered questions. You can make your story clearer and reach out to the reader by saying you don’t know something. Saying you don’t know something also lets the reader know to come back.
    Sep 30, 2010
    online, Writing
  • #200
    Accuracy means "getting it right." It is an essential responsibility of individual journalists and news organizations. To provide wrong information is a disservice to the public and a sure way to erode the credibility of journalism.
    Sep 29, 2010
  • #199
    Plan for multimedia storytelling before reporters go out to the field so you can add video, audio or other multimedia elements.
    Sep 28, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #198
    If education is your beat, you need to spend time in the actual classrooms. Developing relationships can help make that happen.
    Sep 27, 2010
    Education, Reporting
  • #197
    Most video stories on the Web are short – 30 to 90 seconds. A longer story is 2 to 5 minutes. Your viewers can easily click to another site if the story goes on too long or is not engaging viewing.
    Sep 25, 2010
  • #196
    Identifying nonprofits that are tax-exempt is key for journalists. These organizations must release a fair amount of financial information to the public, which can help with many stories.
    Sep 24, 2010