Reporting

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.

  • #618
    When interviewing someone who has been through a dramatic event, be both self-aware and aware of the impact that trauma has on others. This can help you tell a story knowledgeably and with sensitivity.
    Jun 01, 2013
  • #614
    When creating audio stories, consider the gaps in your recordings with each new interview and ask questions accordingly.
    Mar 26, 2013
  • #609
    Avoid large, meaningless numbers. Compare abstract numbers to something your audience can comprehend, such as comparing the number of gallons in the city’s aquarium to the number of average-sized swimming pools that would fill.
    Mar 25, 2013
    Reporting
  • #605
    The biggest problem with revising is not the words, it's the attitude. So adjust the attitude, make the changes in your writing and learn from the experience.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Reporting
  • #603
    Multimedia must be multidimensional. Be sure it includes strong video as well as graphics, audio and text. The best multimedia uses the strengths of each medium to tell the story in a way that draws in readers.
    Feb 27, 2013
  • #602
    With a multi-part question, the source will probably answer only the last part ... so, ask one simple, direct question at a time. – Bob Schieffer
    Feb 27, 2013
    Climate Change, Reporting
  • #601
    Budgets are the DNA of government, showing where the money is flowing, from whom and to whom. Go back two or three years and see where the money has come from and gone.
    Feb 27, 2013
    FOI, Reporting
  • #600
    If on a new beat, turn to your predecessor for help with sources (and their contact information), issues, people to watch, helpful public records and unused story ideas.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Covering a Beat, Reporting
  • #597
    Avoid numbers soup. Use no more than two or three numbers in a paragraph and have no more than one or two paragraphs in a row that contain numbers.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Math, Reporting, Writing
  • #596
    Mentions of race and/or ethnicity in reporting often fall into four categories: inexplicable, uneven, misplaced and unexplained. Be wary of these.
    Feb 27, 2013