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.

  • #186
    Structure is a crucial element of design on the Web. Figure out elements once and then create a template for future similar situations.
    Sep 14, 2010
  • #185
    When an editor decides to keep sources confidential, the editor should recognize that the reputation of the newspaper or station is being placed on the line, asking audiences to accept the information on faith.
    Sep 13, 2010
    editing, Ethics, producing, Reporting
  • #184
    When reporting internationally, be sure to take a first-aid kit.
    Sep 11, 2010
  • #183
    When you report about poll results, know in what order the questions were asked. An earlier question can influence the answer of a later question that is central to your story or any conclusions you might draw.
    Sep 10, 2010
  • #182
    Talk to your staff, editors or colleagues about the number of ways reporters are likely to bring outside information into a story through library research and online searches. What are the guidelines for fair use and attribution?
    Sep 09, 2010
    Ethics, online, Reporting
  • #181
    For effective online video, try and think of something that television wouldn’t do. Find those quirky stories that wouldn’t be on the news. Meet somebody and find out more about the person.
    Sep 08, 2010
    Online, Multimedia
  • #180
    Blogs can aid in changing an audience into a community that can help reporters do their jobs better.
    Sep 07, 2010
  • #179
    TV producers will lend urgency and immediacy to a developing story by using live reports from the field, flashy graphics and animation, sound effects, hype, repetition and teases.
    Sep 06, 2010
  • #178
    Media messages are designed to create a sense of reality. A person's own sense of reality is based on personal experiences. It is important to recognize that media-generated reality can lead to confusion and disillusion among viewers.
    Sep 05, 2010
    Audience, Journalism Basics
  • #177
    When writing an update of an online story, consider putting a "What Happened" box to anchor follow-ups. That way, those new to the story can find out what they’ve missed.
    Sep 04, 2010