Every Good Story Starts with a Good Idea

Story ideas are literally all around you. You need to be alert and imaginative in recognizing and pursuing them. You can generate story ideas by looking in a variety of places.

Steve Buttry | June 27, 2008

How to Manage People

Here are some basic management tips courtesy of Pam D'Angelo, freelance reporter and media trainer.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

What a Peace Journalist Would Try to Do

  1. AVOID portraying a conflict as consisting of only two parties contesting one goal. The logical outcome is for one to win and the other to lose. INSTEAD, a Peace Journalist would DISAGGREGATE the two parties into many smaller groups, pursuing many goals, opening up more creative potential for a range of outcomes.
Cesar Miquel | 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

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

Tips for Sound Business Writing

Eight simple tips for working or aspiring business reporters.

Cesar Miquel | June 27, 2008

Scribbling with Purpose: Taking notes that make sense

Good notes can make or break a story. Use these tips by longtime journalist Steve Buttry to make sure you don't miss a thing.

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

Seven Tips for Election Reporting

From an article by Thomas Winship, chairman of the International Center for Journalists and former editor of The Boston Globe. Written for Editor & Publisher.

Thomas Winship, chairman of the International Center for Journalists and former editor of The Boston Globe | 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