Eleven Resolutions for Reporters and Editors

  1. I will not approach any story or assignment as routine. If I write or edit routinely, I will be average. I will not be average.
  2. I will do my part daily to give the news report pizazz. I will not allow my stories to contribute grayness or dullness.
  3. I will not, approach any story with a preconceived notion.
Cesar Miquel | 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

Guide for Evaluating Sources

When evaluating sources, question their motives, relationships, reliability and assumptions.

Cesar Miquel | 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

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

Helping your staff: Some management principles

Newspaper and broadcast station managers frequently complain that they haven’t had any training in how to be a manager. Like other professionals, Pacific Island journalists are usually promoted into management based on their skills in their other jobs. But being a good reporter doesn’t make you a good manager. This supplement offers help.

Lisa Schnellinger | June 27, 2008

High number of journalists forced into exile

The number of journalists who have fled their home countries because of direct threats and violence doubled in the last year, according to a survey conducted by the Committee to Protect Journalists. | June 19, 2008

Afghan media mogul laments ban on programming

Representatives of Afghanistan’s Tolo TV station spoke last week in the U.S. about laws being imposed on Afghanistan’s media by the country’s Ministry of Information and Culture, calling the restrictions “steps backward” for a country that has come “leaps and bounds” since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Jessica Weiss, IJNet Editor | May 14, 2008

New technologies, citizen journalism changing Pakistan's media

The universal growth of electronic media has unquestionably reached the world’s sixth largest nation, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, panelists at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., said at a February 27 discussion titled “Instability in Pakistan: Implications for the Future of Independent Media.”

Jessica Weiss, IJNet Editor | February 29, 2008