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Writing and Editing

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

The One-Minute Editor

The One-Minute (OK, Maybe 5-Minute) Editor: Working effectively with reporters when you don't have time to brainstorm.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

Make Every Word Count

Reporters and editors everywhere battle and complain over length of stories. Good reporters always gather more interesting and important information than they can use in their stories. Good editors always have more good stories, photographs and graphics than they have space. With space at a premium in news today, you need to make every word count in your stories. However long your editors let you write, you need to hone your ability to organize information and write tight stories that make every word count.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 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

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