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  • #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
  • #253
    Religious belief or morality is often used to justify assertions or behaviors--and it can also be used as a screen to disguise other motivations. Are there other factors or concerns at stake in the story besides religious conviction?
    Nov 26, 2010
  • #247
    When reporting internationally, keep a low profile. There’s no reason to advertise that you are a U.S. citizen.
    Nov 19, 2010
  • #245
    To avoid invasion of privacy liability: Get consent from the people you cover, where possible.
    Nov 17, 2010
    online, Reporting