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Writing and Editing

Demand More of Your Stories

Rewriting to Give Your Stories a Fine Finish.

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

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

Creative Newspaper Writing

If there is one thing many newspapers around the world seem to have in common, it is the rigid adherence to the Inverted Pyramid as a style of news presentation. Editors justify the Inverted Pyramid as an effective way of informing readers very quicky about what happened, when, where, why, to whom it happened and how, without losing their interest and attention. Though there is nothing intrinsically wrong with this approach, it has created the impression that all the news has to be reported in the first paragraph, hence the use of summary leads.

Edem Djokotoe | June 27, 2008

Finding Your Lead

Question approach: Answer in less than 25 words. What is the story about?

Sherry Ricchiardi | 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

Ten Guidelines for Writing the News

Keep these ten quick rules in mind as you sit down to write your story.

Leanne Waxman | 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

Writing Clearly on Deadline

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

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

The Heart of the Sentence

The writer's basic tool is the sentence. But it, in turn, rests on an even more fundamental unit.

Jack Hart | June 27, 2008

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