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.

  • #657
    When writing scenes for your story, take a lesson from narrative cinematography. Include distant, middle and close-range viewpoints for variety.
    Mar 23, 2015
    Reporting, Writing
  • #654
    You can achieve a specific tone in writing when you "slow down” the pace with shorter sentences.
    Mar 18, 2015
    Journalism Basics, Writing
  • #644
    The most powerful way to test your writing voice is to read your work out loud.
    Oct 31, 2013
  • #639
    Too many cooks — or editors — can introduce errors. Good workflow processes can prevent those errors that sometimes creep into a team-produced news package.
    Oct 14, 2013
  • #636
    Write earlier in the process instead of waiting until deadline. This teaches you what you already know and what you need to know. Revision doesn't mean more time, but rescheduling the time you have.
    Sep 30, 2013
    Revision, Writing
  • #635
    When writing, dig for the concrete and specific, such as the name of the dog. Novelist Joseph Conrad once described his task this way: "By the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel — it is, before all, to make you see."
    Sep 25, 2013
  • #613
    Use verbs in their strongest form, the simple present or past. Strong verbs create action, save words and reveal the players.
    Mar 26, 2013
  • #608
    Count the number of words in your lead and see how many can be eliminated. Practice on a previously published lead.
    Mar 25, 2013
    The Lead Lab
  • #606
    Begin sentences with subjects and verbs, letting subordinate elements branch to the right. Even a long, long sentence can be clear and powerful when the subject and verb make meaning early.
    Feb 27, 2013
  • #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