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.

  • #9
    Multimedia must be multidimensional. Be sure it includes strong video as well as graphics, audio and text. The best multimedia uses the strengths of each medium to tell the story in a way that draws in readers.
    Mar 16, 2010
  • #8
    With a multi-part question, the source will probably answer only the last part ... so, ask one simple, direct question at a time. – Bob Schieffer
    Mar 15, 2010
    Climate Change, Reporting
  • #7
    Budgets are the DNA of government, showing where the money is flowing, from whom and to whom. Go back two or three years and see where the money has come from and gone.
    Mar 14, 2010
    FOI, Reporting
  • #6
    If on a new beat, turn to your predecessor for help with sources (and their contact information), issues, people to watch, helpful public records and unused story ideas.
    Mar 13, 2010
    Covering a Beat, Reporting
  • #5
    Open-ended questions are especially important when producing audio narratives because they encourage subjects to answer in complete and descriptive sentences.
    Mar 12, 2010
    Audio, Online, Multimedia
  • #4
    Often overlooked, post-mortems are extremely helpful in letting team members know what they could have done better in executing a plan.
    Mar 11, 2010
    Leadership, Management
  • #3
    Avoid numbers soup. Use no more than two or three numbers in a paragraph and have no more than one or two paragraphs in a row that contain numbers.
    Mar 10, 2010
    Math, Reporting, Writing
  • #2
    Mentions of race and/or ethnicity in reporting often fall into four categories: inexplicable, uneven, misplaced and unexplained. Be wary of these.
    Mar 09, 2010
  • #1
    When it comes to covering climate change three words -- range, probability and uncertainty -- are critically important, because they mean the questions do not have simple, absolute answers.
    Mar 04, 2010
    Climate Change, Reporting