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.

  • #863
    Consider the time element when writing the lead to your story. Are you the first to report it, or will most of your audience already know about it?
    Aug 01, 2017
    The Lead Lab
    Reporting, Writing
  • #862
    Covering city hall? Tour various city facilities, the streets that are under repair and those that need repair.
    Jul 31, 2017
    Reporting
  • #861
    Look at how your competitors are doing accumulating social media followers. This will give you a sense of how much engagement your competition has with its audience.
    Jul 20, 2017
  • #860
    Compromise works when a decision has to be made in a hurry, the other side seems willing, and we all feel good about taking less than we wanted.
    Jul 17, 2017
    Leadership, Management
  • #859
    When covering live events that could turn graphic quickly, have you taken sufficient precautions to prevent inappropriate pictures and sound from airing?
    Jul 11, 2017
    Ethics
  • #858
    To be relevant on social, ask: Does your content fit with the mission, purpose or use of the platform?
    Jul 10, 2017
  • #857
    Trust your gut. If something seems odd to you, check it. Don’t risk letting a mistake slip through.
    Jun 27, 2017
  • #856
    Give some urgency to social medai headlines: Convey immediacy when news breaks. Add "breaking," "just in," "update" and so on.
    Jun 26, 2017
  • #855
    The headline might be accurate, but it might not make the story’s point strongly enough. The headline should be as strong as the content allows.
    Jun 20, 2017
  • #854
    When evaluating ideas for innovation, ask about your company's culture. For example, does your organization embrace innovation or accept it reluctantly?
    Jun 19, 2017
    Leadership, Management