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.

  • #274
    For audio, good writing drives good voicing. Use short, direct sentences, well-defined scenes and a clear, overarching focus.
    Dec 17, 2010
    Broadcast, Writing
  • #273
    It’s not enough to have a good idea. You have to learn how to pitch it to others.
    Dec 16, 2010
  • #272
    The best writers see the world as a storehouse of story ideas. They generate many more ideas than can be put into practice.
    Dec 15, 2010
    Writing
  • #271
    For visuals, consider Gestalt principle of proximity: Items that are physically close together are seen as related.
    Dec 14, 2010
  • #270
    Source remorse is not a valid reason to unpublish content on news site. Don’t unpublish because sources change their minds about what they told a journalist.
    Dec 13, 2010
    Ethics, Online, Multimedia
  • #269
    People on average tend to spend 25 seconds on a home page and around 45 seconds on an internal Web page before clicking away.
    Dec 12, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #268
    You can organize a community online of your readers who are highly engaged, responsive, knowledgeable and helpful. Use them for polling or seeking story ideas.
    Dec 11, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #267
    Successful video editing is based on three factors: having a storyline, having good audio, having good video.
    Dec 10, 2010
    Online, Multimedia, Video
  • #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
    Reporting
  • #265
    The word that comes last in any list attracts special emphasis from the reader.
    Dec 08, 2010
    Writing