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.

  • #103
    Use icons in the paper to represent when there is video or photo galleries online.
    Jun 19, 2010
  • #102
    Every story can be cut down. "When I see a paragraph shrinking under my eyes like a strip of bacon in a skillet, I know I'm on the right track." —Peter DeVries
    Jun 18, 2010
    Editing, Revision, Writing
  • #101
    To be a good manager, know your team as individuals. What makes them tick? Identify how you will help tackle the weaknesses.
    Jun 17, 2010
    Leadership, Management
  • #100
    Credibility is what others think of us; ethics is what kind of people we actually are. One is image; the other, substance. | To celebrate 100th tip, this promo code-- P100TIP10 --is worth 50% off all Webinars [live & replay] until end of June. Enjoy.
    Jun 16, 2010
    Credibility, Ethics
  • #99
    Avoid pronouns in breaking-news Web writing. It needs to be completely clear to whom that pronoun refers. If it isn’t clear, replace the pronoun.
    Jun 15, 2010
    Writing
  • #98
    Pitches need to prod, pique and provoke. You’re selling your story idea. You need to make it impossible for an editor to say no. But, a good idea is just one part of a pitch. Effective pitches express an idea and a plan for telling a story.
    Jun 14, 2010
    Broadcast, Writing
  • #97
    “Success on a beat rests with whom you know and what they will tell you. To that end, get to know every player on your beat, from the highest-ranking official to the lowest clerk. Be approachable, friendly and work to cultivate everyone as a potential source.” --Randy Ludlow, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
    Jun 13, 2010
    Beat reporting, Reporting
  • #96
    When testing a new product, make two or three prototypes to show to the target audience and to potential advertisers.
    Jun 12, 2010
  • #95
    When covering science, remember that nothing is ever definitive. So keep your eyes open for the emergence of new findings and evidence.
    Jun 11, 2010
    Reporting
  • #94
    Try to put the story you’re working on away for a few minutes so that new questions and resolutions can surface in your mind.
    Jun 10, 2010
    Editing, Writing