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.

  • #257
    A good ethical choice probably rests somewhere along a continuum: How much harm is necessary to tell how much important truth?
    Nov 30, 2010
    Ethics
  • #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
    Reporting
  • #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
    Reporting
  • #254
    Use color for a purpose -- to unify elements to help readers through the page, for example. Be careful not to draw associations among things that don't belong together.
    Nov 27, 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
    Reporting
  • #252
    Ethical decisions are based on something more than common sense. They are based on principles that are rooted in both our professional duty and the potential consequences of our actions.
    Nov 25, 2010
    Ethics
  • #251
    The productive writer is a hunter and gatherer, collecting data, information from interviews, online research, narrative elements such as scenes and dialogue, memories and personal observations, key words and interesting language.
    Nov 24, 2010
    Reporting, Writing
  • #250
    You can't change what people are searching for, but you can adjust keywords in your online headline to ensure that likely search terms have prominence in your content.
    Nov 23, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #249
    Natural sound is key to broadcast video features. It can drive the pace and sets the scene.
    Nov 22, 2010
  • #248
    A difficult conversation is a lot like a tightrope walk. It involves a starting point, a step-by-step path, a balance bar to keep you steady, a safety net to protect you, a finish point and success.
    Nov 20, 2010
    Leadership, Management