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Writing and Editing

Reporters: six questions to ask yourself before writing your story

We know the basic questions that journalists strive to answer when chasing a news story, questions starting with "who," "what," "where," "when," "why" and "how." Here are a few other questions I like to ask writers, usually right before they start their reporting and then before they sit down to write.

Tom Huang | May 17, 2011

Four great digital reporting tools for journalists

Gathering information for a story can involve collecting website URLs, photos, screenshots, text messages and tweets. Here are four great tools that will help you keep it together on the go.

Dana Liebelson | April 27, 2011

New global network links top editors

The Global Editors Network hopes to help editors and news executives embrace the digital revolution. IJNet interviewed CEO Bertrand Pecquerie about its goals and plans.

Dana Liebelson | March 30, 2011

How to report your personal story

Nearly two years ago, my boss suggested that I turn myself into a story. I was halfway through a grueling round of experimental treatment for hepatitis C, a potentially fatal liver disease I contracted as an infant. My experience had all the trappings of compelling journalism.

Meg Heckman, Poynter | March 23, 2011

US news sites try to curb angry, anonymous commenters

Not long ago, a controversial story might result in a few phone calls or letters to the editor. Now readers send in angry comments by the dozens with just a click-and that has some popular U.S. news sites changing the rules.

Nicole Martinelli | March 03, 2011

Washington Post launches online correction form

Readers of The Washington Post can now correct a story, provide feedback and suggest future coverage—all with the click of a mouse.

Dana Liebelson | February 14, 2011

10 tips for spotting a news story

How do journalists spot a good story? What are the tell tale signs that distinguish fact from fiction? How do you know when you are on the right track?

Jaldeep Katwala, Media Helping Media | January 11, 2011

A Dozen Tips for Writing News Online

  1. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE: Write and edit with online readers' needs and habits in mind. Web usability studies show that readers tend to skim over sites rather than read them intently. They also tend to be more proactive than print readers or TV viewers, hunting for information rather than passively taking in what you present to them.
Jonathan Dube, CyberJournalist.net | August 13, 2008

Writing Clearly on Deadline

Need to file a story on a tight deadline? Keep these tips in mind.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

Organizing the Complex Story

A complex story should not be challenging to the reader, however challenging it is for the writer. Careful work in organization of your reporting and writing will help readers make sense of stories that deal with cumbersome economic or technical issues, or with soap-opera tales that present multiple characters and confusing turns. These techniques will help keep the complex story clear.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

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