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 Tips for a Better Interview

1. Be prepared! Always read up on the subject you are reporting about and the person you are interviewing. Your source will appreciate your effort, and you will be able to skip questions that can be answered by an assistant, book or document.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Tips for Gaining Your Editor's Support

Most investigations usually begin with a tip from a source, or simply a hunch, that something is amiss. Perhaps you have noticed a series of events that suggest a pattern or trend that deserves a closer look.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Advice for Doing Difficult Interviews

Read these tips to navigate difficult interviews and reluctant subjects.

Julia Barton | 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

Putting the Jargon into Context

Never write a story directly from a press release. This is a bad idea for any type of story, but some reporters are tempted to take economic reports or corporate reports at face value because of the often complex financial information presented. Always call a variety of knowledgeable sources, such as economists, analysts and experts to help you determine the story behind the press release.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Interviewing Principles and Strategies

Reporters use different techniques to get information they need during an interview. The following strategies are used by journalists, psychologists and other professionals.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Backgrounder on reporting on banking crises

The banking system is the heart of a country's economy. It pumps the money that is required for the economy to grow and for businesses to develop. This is especially true for developing countries as they typically do not have developed capital markets and so bank credit makes up most of the funds that small businesses need to expand.

Anya Schiffrin, the Initiative for Policy Dialogue | June 27, 2008

Advice for Doing Personal Interviews

Advice from Jay Allison, award-winning producer, Massachussetts, USA.

Julia Barton | June 27, 2008

In Search of Ideas

Reporters and writers working on newspapers and magazines earn their daily bread by reporting and by writing.

Edem Djokotoe | June 27, 2008