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Writing and Editing

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

Copy Editing

At some newspapers, they call them copy editors; at others, sub-editors or "subs." At small operations, the chief editor often has to do everything: assign stories, edit the copy, write the headlines, choose and crop the photos, write the captions, lay out the pages (and perhaps eat lunch!).

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Developing Story Ideas - Advice for Editors

Reporters and editors are partners in developing story ideas...

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

Writing Guidelines

Here are some basic writing guidelines from Skip Issacs, a former reporter, foreign and Washington correspondent, and editor for The Baltimore Sun.

Skip Isaacs | 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

Broadcast Writing Tips

General rules, dos and don'ts of broadcast writing, courtesy of longtime journalist and media trainer Michelle Betz.

Michelle Betz | June 27, 2008

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