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  • #243
    Bypass the PR mechanism. Going straight to the source - talking to the soldiers and veterans and letting them tell their story --- Anne Hull, Washington post
    Nov 15, 2010
  • #232
    The engine for change in religious movements is often found in the neighborhoods, prisons, kitchens or bedrooms where religion is lived. What do people say about the issues at stake in the story when they're away from their house of worship?
    Nov 04, 2010
  • #230
    Exit polls do something pre-election polls cannot do: Tell you why the election turned out the way it did.
    Nov 02, 2010
  • #227
    The Red-Blue divide is good for knowing who wins an election. It doesn't tell you why.
    Oct 29, 2010
  • #226
    Never refer to “the global warming debate” or the “climate change debate” and never write that the “debate is settled.” There is no single debate; there are separate debates within science, within policy and within economics, and about how scientific findings should guide policy.
    Oct 28, 2010
  • #224
    If a source tries to evade a question, ask it in a different way, perhaps later in the interview.
    Oct 26, 2010
  • #222
    Climate-change reporting on a local level is likely to involve efforts to adapt to emerging climate changes and energy sources.
    Oct 24, 2010
  • #216
    People at polls often find it intrusive when reporters ask who they voted for. It may be better and more informative to ask which issue helped them decide on who to vote for.
    Oct 18, 2010
  • #215
    Some countries require journalists to obtain a journalist’s visa. Though these can be time-consuming to procure, this is the recommended way of entering a country. Being anything less than honest in your paperwork can get you into serious trouble.
    Oct 16, 2010
  • #211
    When polling, be aware that many young people are only using cell phones so the final poll numbers for younger people can be skewed slightly.
    Oct 11, 2010