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.

  • #112
    Avoid photographs that are purely information, merely giving a visual record of a person, place, or event. They offer nothing more than identification value and have no redeeming storytelling qualities.
    Jun 28, 2010
  • #113
    Opportunities that are ripe for an alternative story forms include any story assignment that makes reporters roll their eyes recurring events such as graduations, speeches, etc. as well as announcements, openings, survey news, etc.
    Jun 28, 2010
    Editing, Reporting
  • #111
    Always be sure to explain the methodology of a poll when you’re using one in a story.
    Jun 26, 2010
  • #110
    Make sure you have a disaster plan in place of what the entire team would do in different situations. Be sure you have an online router that can handle heavy traffic.
    Jun 26, 2010
  • #109
    Try to make at least one prospecting visit each week during your first few months on the beat. After you've been on the beat awhile, prospecting trips are a good way to refresh your outlook when you start feeling stale.
    Jun 25, 2010
    Beat reporting, Reporting
  • #108
    When audio taping an interview, come with a list of items that make white noise in order to be sure to avoid them.
    Jun 24, 2010
    Audio, Online, Multimedia
  • #107
    It should raise a red flag to a journalist if a charity won't discuss its mission or finances; pressures consumers for donations; won't send literature about its work or doesn't have a Web site.
    Jun 23, 2010
    Beat reporting, Reporting
  • #106
    The best stories for Web video are those that can’t be told any other way. Here are four key factors when you're selecting a story: visual appeal, emotion, character and news value.
    Jun 22, 2010
    Online, Multimedia, Video
  • #105
    The golden rule behind standards, testing and accountability: What gets measured, gets taught.
    Jun 21, 2010
  • #104
    Immigration is a global issue that affects local communities. How has it changed your schools, businesses, jobs, churches, community?
    Jun 20, 2010