Training Tip of the Day

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.

  • #611
    Multimedia stories should be nonlinear. Engage readers by letting them choose what elements to read and when to read them.
    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
  • #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
    Writing
  • #610
    Multimedia stories should be nonlinear. Engage readers by letting them choose what elements to read and when to read them.
    Mar 25, 2013
    Online, Multimedia
  • #607
    If you write something you haven’t clearly thought through, you will end up with gobbledy gook. When you don’t understand it, neither will your readers.
    Feb 27, 2013
    Journalism Basics
  • #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
    Writing
  • #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
  • #604
    Put your leads on a diet. Replace verbs in the present continuous tense – “is planning,” “are hoping” – with shorter simple present verbs – “plan,” “hope.”
    Feb 27, 2013
    The Lead Lab
    Journalism Basics
  • #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