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#Tip: 100 ways to make your journalism better

November 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

 

By Jess on Wikimedia Commons. Some rights reserved

By Jess on Wikimedia Commons. Some rights reserved

To celebrate its 100th NewsU Webinar back in February 2011, the Poynter Institute put on a webinar in which 15 presenters give ideas, tips or lessons on a range of topics.

For the last two and a half years the tips were only available to buy as a book from the Poynter website, but NewsU, a Poynter project, recently uploaded the videos of the webinar to YouTube for the world to watch.

The two videos are an hour each but it’s worth setting aside the time as they “provide great advice on reporting, writing and editing; leadership, management and entrepreneurship; visual journalism; and multimedia, digital tools and social media.”

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#Tip: Consider this advice from Nate Silver on working with numbers

October 21st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

Poynter has helpfully written up a post based on a talk by Nate Silver, who runs the now ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight blog, at the ONA conference last week. The pointers from Silver are aimed at other journalists working with numbers and data, and could help reporters avoid making mistakes when looking for stories within the figures.

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#Tip: Guide for journalists on using Chartbuilder

August 21st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Journalists are often looking for quick but effective ways of sharing information and often statistical data with audiences in visually appealing formats. One way to do this is with charts, and Poynter helpfully has a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to do that with Chartbuilder, which was created by Quartz and then made open-source. There is also a hosted version, said to be for those “not interested in customising the styles of your charts”.

Author of the Poynter guide Matt Waite sums up Chartbuilder as:

… a free tool that makes it stupid easy to make a simple static chart of some basic data and get it into your publication. It really just involves copying, pasting, tweaking and exporting.

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#Tip: Instagram for newsrooms

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Instagram is more than just pretty pictures, says a post on Poynter, which outlines how news outlets can use the photo-sharing network for engagement and reporting.

In the post, which is at this link explains how various news outlets are using Instagram.

 

It is also worth adding that the Boston Globe has an Instagram wall, a screen which displays geolocated pictures as they are shared.

You might be interested to read this feature on how the wall gave an insight into how people were spending their time when off work in the days following Hurricane Sandy.

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#Tip: Digital portfolio options for journalists

April 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Copyright: Thinkstock

There’s no hiding from the digital revolution and for years journalists have been building their own online portfolios. The results have been mixed, occasionally tragic, but developers cottoned on to many hacks’ lack of advanced programming skills long ago and the proliferation of available platforms has swamped the internet.

Thankfully, Poynter has just published a handy and detailed guide to some of the best, looking at features, archive size, backup options and more.

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#Tip: Pointers for growing your Twitter following

While it may not all be about quantity, journalists and news outlets alike are undoubtedly keen to grow a large, and engaged community on social networks with which to share and discuss their content. This how-to by David Beard on the Poynter Institute website runs through  a list of “eight ways to attract more Twitter followers” looking at both the content being tweeted as well as the way the tweet itself is constructed.

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#Tip: How to become a better interviewer

March 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

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As a journalist you have no doubt interviewed hundreds of people. But no matter how experienced you are it is worth a read of this post on interview tips on Poynter.

For example, one of the tips in the post by Chip Scanlan is to “capture how people talk”. And he includes a useful illustration:

The most powerful quotes are short, sometimes just fragments of speech. In a story about a two-car collision that killed two Alabama sisters traveling to visit each other, Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times used simple quotes that illustrated what the Roman orator Cicero called brevity’s “great charm of eloquence.”

“They weren’t fancy women,” said their sister Billie Walker. “They loved good conversation. And sugar biscuits.”

Just 11 words in quotes, yet they speak volumes about the victims.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Read this advice on interviewing for video

February 11th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Top tips for journalists

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Poynter has published a guide headlined ‘What journalists need to know about interviewing for video‘.

It contains advice on audio, lighting, framing a shot and the interview itself.

It is worth reading and bookmarking this link.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Read this advice on writing explainers

February 8th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Image by Artful Magpie on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Journalism site Poynter has published a post on how journalists can create better explainers.

The article discusses why it is necessary to go beyond Google when making sense of a complex story for readers, and it has advice on crafting the explainer.

The article is at this link.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Save this list of research databases

December 17th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Search, Top tips for journalists

US site for journalists Poynter has compiled a list of research sites you can use when working on an in-depth story.

The post explains that many academics are publishing their research online as “the world of scholarship is creeping toward greater openness”.

The post’s author John Wihbey states:

It’s also important to acknowledge that conventional web searches — just Googling it — won’t necessarily turn up the best research materials; search algorithms don’t always prominently highlight studies and reports that are seldom linked to or visited.

Wihbey recommends a number of sites, including Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search. Some sites are US specific. The full list is at this link.

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