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That’s just rude – let’s bust these myths

Known: The media profession is evolving. Known: Technology is enabling new ways to communicate. Known: Newsrooms are changing. Known: Some news organizations are laying off a lot of talent. Known: Some layoffs include every copy editor in the joint. Now, let’s bust some myths about the role of those editors.  Busted: They are not “just” […]

Seeing is believing — show, don’t tell

Three elements in stories keep the audience interested and prevent a story from becoming just a recitation of statements and quotes. Anecdotes Examples Details How you use these in stories will make a difference in the end. More important, however, is capturing them in the first place. It takes time and patience and lots of […]

New ‘Storyline’ tells it like it is

The Washington Post just announced the start of a new storytelling site: Storyline. Jim Tankersley, editor of Storyline, explains. Today we launch a new destination on Washingtonpost.com, dedicated to the power of stories to help us understand complicated, critical things. We’re focused on public policy, but not on Washington process. We care about policy as […]

How to decide news values — encore

News judgment and news values have one thing in common — they take a good amount of looking inward and thinking. To that end, we are offering a previously published post: “Which story is the lead? Look inward.” Originally published in February 2010, the advice still stands. Deciding story play takes communication and questioning, and […]

Nurture curiosity — be the ‘idea person’

One of the most important attributes any journalist can possess is curiosity, because it leads to knowledge. Curiosity leads to answers of all sorts. One way to strengthen curiosity is to start with the simplest things you are curious about in your everyday life. Really simple. Like what time the post office closes on Saturday […]

What’s the best way to tell a story?

If you ask yourself this question at the start of any story planning, you likely will move forward with confidence and efficiency — and on a platform that maximizes your content. The key is to know how to handle multiple platforms and tools and to consider your options, smartly. Here’s one strategy: Find inspiration from […]