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Writing and Editing

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

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

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

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

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

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