Close your eyes and look around

not teaching,still THINKING … Picture yourself in a picture. Wherever you are right now, look around. Up, down and sideways. Take it all in. This is the first step in a process that can help you notice details and remember them. Why is that important? Details bring a story to life. They naturally color the […]

How to fix 3 problems with story pace

not teaching,still THINKING … Let’s face it. We all like a quick read. Sometimes we rely on a mere tweet for information. Or we are in too much of a hurry to read beyond the headline. But it is also true that long-form journalism still exists and thrives, and it still has an audience. Maintaining that audience, […]

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 […]

A checklist for jet crash coverage

With the tragic news of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine, here are some tips for covering breaking news of this kind as more details are uncovered and stories are updated — by the minute, hour, day, week and beyond. Keep track of and check the following in every story. Flight number Number of […]

Writing headlines? 10 easy steps for you

Headlines and leads share a mission. They must crystallize the best elements of the story, while informing and enticing the audience. Editors aren’t the only ones who write headlines these days. Reporters, especially in digital-first newsrooms, are doing everything: reporting, writing and posting. This means writing and publishing headlines, too. 10 Steps to Writing a […]

How to fix 3 problems with story pace

Let’s face it. Yes, we all like a quick read. On social media, 140 characters serve to inform us; sometimes we are in too much of a hurry to even click on an accompanying link. But it is also true that long-form journalism still exists and thrives, and it still has an audience. Maintaining that audience, however, […]