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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

For writers, it's just a matter of time

Reporters never will have enough time to work on all the story ideas or turn in absolutely perfectly polished prose on deadline. They might as well acknowledge that fact and pay more attention to the other factors in their work they can control.

Mary Glick, American Press Institute | 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

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

Strong from the Start - Leads and Nut Grafs

Readers give you just a few seconds to capture their interest before their eye moves on to the next story or photo. You need a crisp lead and a strong focus to keep the reader going.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

The Craft of Copy Editing

Too often copy editors and reporters are viewed as adversaries rather than collaborators. The best copy editors work with reporters to improve their stories and ensure accuracy.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

Finding Your Lead

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

Sherry Ricchiardi | June 27, 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

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