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  • #263
    A common fallacy of nonprofits is that they are all tax-exempt. Some nonprofits such as religious organizations are automatically tax-exempt, but most nonprofits must apply to the IRS for this status.
    Jan 26, 2011
  • #260
    Contributing to a local publication can help you hone your skills, build connections in your community, and reach new and larger audiences.
    Jan 23, 2011
  • #251
    Never write without a contract. Not even if you know the editor or the editor is in a hurry.
    Jan 14, 2011
  • #244
    In climate reporting, do not conflate science and policy. Science informs policymaking, but it does not dictate what policies should be chosen.
    Jan 07, 2011
  • #232
    Extroverts get excited by the things they hear and jump right in--sometimes making wrong assumptions about topic. If you tend to interrupt others, force yourself to listen longer.
    Dec 25, 2010
    management, Reporting
  • #230
    When evaluating nonprofits, ratios can be used to compare how different organizations perform in a variety of categories.
    Dec 23, 2010
  • #266
    To understand – and cover – the impact of wars, terrorism, national security issues and other global events on your community, you first have to assess the roles they play: How many people have been affected locally and why?
    Dec 09, 2010
  • #260
    Stories should reflect where the balance of scientific opinion really resides. If the vast majority of climate scientists believe, based on credible evidence, that continued greenhouse gas emissions will lead to significant risks, journalists do not have to present a false balance by always finding an expert who can argue otherwise.
    Dec 03, 2010
  • #256
    Confess your ignorance to sources and ask them to help bring you up to speed. You may feel uncomfortable, but it's your first step toward gaining credibility with sources.
    Nov 29, 2010
  • #255
    Anniversaries are the most obvious news peg for features dealing with history, but try to look for others, such as an end-of-the-year retrospective or a preview to a big event.
    Nov 28, 2010