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.

  • #173
    Host a live online chat when a large regional event is occurring and a large audience is bound to show up to talk about it.
    Aug 31, 2010
  • #172
    When covering science, it is crucial to read and understand as much background material as possible. Identify experts who can help you understand the issues as well.
    Aug 30, 2010
  • #171
    Be sure your story form has a clear focus by the time you have finished planning. There's still room for revising and polishing, of course.
    Aug 29, 2010
    design, Editing, Writing
  • #170
    A five-minute online broadcast aired at noontime about various stories in the community can draw a different audience online than the morning paper.
    Aug 28, 2010
  • #169
    Audio stories have fewer words than print pieces, and they tend to be narrower in focus. They drill down on a particular character, a specific angle or a limited theme.
    Aug 27, 2010
    Broadcast, Writing
  • #168
    Editors tend to not want journalists to join online conversations and talk about themselves. Most readers think this would be beneficial.
    Aug 26, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #167
    When listening to someone, don't interpret too quickly what speaker is trying to say. Put aside your own views and opinions for the moment.
    Aug 25, 2010
  • #167
    "Retreats" should raise a red flag. Just because a public body wants to meet at the beach or mountains for a retreat doesn’t mean the open meetings law doesn’t apply.
    Aug 24, 2010
  • #166
    Do not treat different environmental processes as one. Doing this often highlights debate where, in fact, there may be significant consensus.
    Aug 23, 2010
  • #165
    Different media use different elements (color, photography, sound, motion, etc.) to convey a message, each with a unique purpose or strength.
    Aug 22, 2010
    Journalism Basics