It’s not a good idea to do things a certain way just because they’ve always been done that way. Here’s how to convince your clients.
When suicide strikes in our own communities, many newspapers ignore the news. It’s time that all newsrooms have a thoughtful conversation on how to report suicide in a sensitive and forthright manner.
(Editor’s note: Randy Van Dyne, executive director of the All Hazards Training Center at the University of Findlay, Ohio, spoke at the 2018 Ohio News Media Association convention on workplace safety and wrote this column at ONMA’s request. One of the center’s specialties is training media outlets such as ABC News on both on-site and…
Special sections let us give readers content that differs from the normal flow of news, features, sports, ads and other content in the newspaper. But there are some key elements to remember when dealing with special sections.
Why it’s important to tighten your focus and remember the importance of the day-to-day details of your work and relationships with others.
Better Writing with Bart Pfankuch When it comes to interviewing reporter candidates, many editors want to see examples of so-called enterprise reporting. I just finished serving as a judge for several reporting and writing categories for the Washington Newspaper Publishing Association, and I can tell you that the winners across the board took an enterprising…
Don’t shut down access to court records By Mark Belling A few weeks back, while looking into a court case in Waukesha County, I went to the court’s website seeking contact information. There were a few phone numbers but no email addresses. So I called one of the numbers and asked for the judge’s email…
Readers have a right to expect consistency from you, and you get that by creating a sequencing plan that always puts key content in the same place.
In theory, the “Feel-Felt-Found” strategy is sound. But your client has probably heard it before. Here’s a new twist on an old sales technique.
Here are some ways to generate good story ideas that will not only offer a modicum of employment protection but which can also prime the pump of higher-level reporting and storytelling along the way.