Basic Journalism

Basic Journalism

Eleven Resolutions for Reporters and Editors

  1. I will not approach any story or assignment as routine. If I write or edit routinely, I will be average. I will not be average.
  2. I will do my part daily to give the news report pizazz. I will not allow my stories to contribute grayness or dullness.
  3. I will not, approach any story with a preconceived notion.
Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Establishing a Journalists' Association

Forming an association of journalists is not necessarily difficult, because there are no fixed or universal rules on how to do it. However, there are guidelines, based on the experience of others.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Cropping and Sizing Photos

You will consider two steps once you have decided you want to use a picture: cropping and sizing.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

When Can I Use Anonymous Sources?

Don Fry, of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in Florida, distributed this list of questions that reporters should ask themselves when making decisions about use of anonymous sources. They brought hot debate from journalists attending a conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008


To reporters, bylines are the most important graphic element in the entire newspaper. What a shame, then, that readers rarely give bylines a glance as their eyes leap from the end of the headline to the start of the story.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

In Search of Ideas

Reporters and writers working on newspapers and magazines earn their daily bread by reporting and by writing.

Edem Djokotoe | June 27, 2008

What a Peace Journalist Would Try to Do

  1. AVOID portraying a conflict as consisting of only two parties contesting one goal. The logical outcome is for one to win and the other to lose. INSTEAD, a Peace Journalist would DISAGGREGATE the two parties into many smaller groups, pursuing many goals, opening up more creative potential for a range of outcomes.
Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Developing Story Ideas

Keep these tips in mind when developing story ideas. Courtesy of Michelle Betz, a journalist with fifteen years of experience in journalism, journalism education and international media development.

Michelle Betz | June 27, 2008

Tips for Gaining Your Editor's Support

Most investigations usually begin with a tip from a source, or simply a hunch, that something is amiss. Perhaps you have noticed a series of events that suggest a pattern or trend that deserves a closer look.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Designing Web pages for news sites

Looking to launch a website to accompany your print publication? Here are some tips to get started.

Roman Foxman, Art Director; Dean C.K. Cox, Knight International Press Fellow | June 27, 2008