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.

  • #264
    When creating visuals and graphics, consider Gestalt principle of similarity: Elements that appear to be similar are related.
    Dec 07, 2010
  • #263
    Use the knowledge of your online audience. Gain information from them that will help you use them as sources for appropriate stories.
    Dec 06, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #262
    Reports of minor criminal charges from the daily police blotters are a significant source of requests to unpublish content on news sites.
    Dec 05, 2010
    Ethics, online
  • #261
    Use color sparingly -- the contrast it creates is strong. Make sure you don't overdo it and obscure the message.
    Dec 04, 2010
  • #260
    Stories should reflect where the balance of scientific opinion really resides. If the vast majority of climate scientists believe, based on credible evidence, that continued greenhouse gas emissions will lead to significant risks, journalists do not have to present a false balance by always finding an expert who can argue otherwise.
    Dec 03, 2010
  • #259
    Productive and effective writers leave time and reserve energy for revision, a step that includes everything from story reconstruction to proofreading.
    Dec 02, 2010
  • #258
    Safety is something we all care about. It's a way to motivate viewers to watch your story.
    Dec 01, 2010
  • #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
  • #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
  • #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