Tips for journalists

Tip: Leadership advice for women in investigative journalism

Rise to the top despite the challenges you face in the newsroom and learn to advocate for yourself and your team

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 26/11/21

Tip: Improve your team meetings

Learn how to encourage greater participation from your colleagues and team mates

Posted by Jacob Granger on 25/11/21

Tip: What to look for when publishing your podcast on a new app

Podcast apps such as Soundcloud or Spotify are essentially search engines for audio shows. From tech to legal, here is what publishers need to keep an eye on when using them

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 24/11/21

Tip: Getting familiar with AI in the newsroom

Improve your everyday work by embracing new technology - it is easier than you think

Posted by Jacob Granger on 22/11/21

Tip: Why publishers should take blockchain seriously

Blockchain could help solve the monetisation and disinformation problems plaguing the journalism industry

Posted by Samuel Ketch on 19/11/21

Tip: How to report on supply chain disruptions

As Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season approaches, there are stories to be had about stores running low on stock this winter

Posted by Samuel Ketch on 18/11/21

Tip: Best ways to repurpose older content

Find new audiences by updating the gems in your archive and promoting evergreen articles

Posted by Samuel Ketch on 17/11/21

Tip: Write Google-friendly title tags

Make sure your articles appear high up in search engine results and yield lots of click-through traffic

Posted by Samuel Ketch on 16/11/21

Tip: Fact-checking 101

Doing your background research is only the step to verifying whether online information is true or not

Posted by Samuel Ketch on 15/11/21

Tip: How to cover music festivals

Glastonbury will be here before you know it and reporters need to get in early for scoops and press passes

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/11/21

Tip: Grow reader revenue with advice from GNI

Ben Monnie, director of global partnerships for Google News Initiative, shares lessons learned across three years of programmes focused on digital revenue and sustainability

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 10/11/21

Tip: Become a social media journalist

Reporters from Pink News, Vice and Sportsbeat share their best advice for working on digital platforms

Posted by Jacob Granger on 09/11/21

Tip: Perfect your weekly podcast show

Learn from the best: the team behind The Media Voices podcast shares lessons after hitting its 200 episode milestone

Posted by Jacob Granger on 08/11/21

Tip: Use Instagram to grow your newsletter

Consistency of posting is key if you want to reach a wider audience

Posted by Jacob Granger on 05/11/21

Tip: Use crowdfunding campaigns to grow your beat

These best practices on garnering readers donations can help your newsrooms launch new editorial projects

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 04/11/21

Tip: Find local stories about climate change

There are lots of ways journalists can uncover stories close to home about the environment

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 03/11/21

Tip: Improve your protest coverage

Poorly framing these events can further marginalise underrepresented groups and causes

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 01/11/21

Tip: Use podcast swaps to cross-promote your show

A good way to stand out in a crowded market is to team up with similar-sized publishers

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/11/21

Tip: Online safety advice for journalists

The internet is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for journalists. Learn how to protect yourself in the virtual world

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 05/10/21

Tip: Beef up your Twitter strategy

Find out about the platform's little-known functions that can improve your day-to-day work

Posted by Jacob Granger on 04/10/21

Tip: How to report on the Sustainable Development Goals

Uncover fresh stories about progress made in tacking global crises and start pitching to development desks and news organisations

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 01/10/21

Tip: How to get more insightful community feedback

A lot can be learned by listening to your audience. Here is how to make sure the conversation is constructive

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 30/09/21

Tip: How to find unique sources

Do not sit back and wait for the perfect interviewee to drop into your inbox. Instead, take the initiative and make the first move

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 29/09/21

Tip: How to approach potential mentors

Knowing in advance what you hope to gain from a mentorship can help you get more out of the relationship

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 28/09/21

Tip: How to report responsibly on suspects of crime

Careless journalism can inflict wounds and make people’s lives unnecessarily difficult. AP shares reasons behind its new policy around crime reporting

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 27/09/21

Tip: Lessons on going full-time as a Substack writer

Casey Newton, author of the Platformer newsletter, shares lessons learned from one year as an independent creator on the email platform

Posted by Jacob Granger on 24/09/21

Tip: Use simple formats to cover emotionally-charged topics

FAQs and Q&As can help minimise perceptions of bias when writing about topics that generate strong opinions

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 23/09/21

Tip: Improve environmental coverage with solutions journalism

Climate coverage should be more than just dire warnings and negative stories: audiences will benefit from seeing where action is being taken

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 22/09/21

Tip: Convey the scale of inequality using visualisation tools

GIJN provides tips on how to help audiences connect with the reality behind the data of economic disparity

Posted by Sage De-Hayes on 20/09/21

Tip: Build trust by responding to readers' concerns

People have questions about what makes our work credible. Use those conversations to build connections with the community

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 17/09/21

Tip: Best practices for email interviews

Before sliding into your source's DMs, approach the situation with a journalistic mindset

Posted by Jacob Granger on 16/09/21

Tip: Become a razor sharp sub-editor

Less is often more when it comes to online journalism

Posted by Jacob Granger on 14/09/21

Tip: Write a winning pitch to attract funding

Seeking money to finance your next reporting project? Follow these steps to make your application stand out

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 13/09/21

Tip: Job-hunt like a pro

Create a plan of action if you are serious about finding new employment

Posted by Jacob Granger on 10/09/21

Tip: Four steps to a compelling cover letter

Take this chance to show your prospective employer why you are right for the role

Posted by Jacob Granger on 09/09/21

Tip: Create a podcast on a budget

You do not need expensive equipment or software to create a show people will want to listen to. Bookmark these ideas on launching your own podcast on a shoestring budget

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 08/09/21

Tip: A journalist's guide to using Canva

Give your social media posts a touch more pizzazz by using the graphic design platform

Posted by Jacob Granger on 07/09/21

Tip: How to verify your data

Numbers can help illustrate a large-scale problem or raise awareness. But you always have to triple-check every piece of data you are planning to use

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 06/09/21

Tip: How to get your book published as a journalist

Got a great idea ready to hit shelves? Three journalists-turned-authors share personal advice to get the ball moving

Posted by Jacob Granger on 03/09/21

Tip: Weighing up your first job offer in journalism

From negotiating your salary to personal budgeting, these tips will help you make the right decisions when accepting an entry-level job

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 02/09/21

Tip: Careers guide for journalism students

A journalism degree opens up many possibilities. The NCTJ gathered advice from media pros on routes into the industry and the skills required

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/09/21

Tip: How to write good headlines for online articles

Clear, concise and to-the-point headlines are loved by readers and Google alike. Puns, colons, and partial quotes are a no-no

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 31/08/21

Tip: Asking your boss to remain WFH

Your bosses want you back in the newsroom but you would rather work from home? Here is how to start that conversation

Posted by Jacob Granger on 26/08/21

Tip: Help your readers see a solution in a negative news story

The news is mostly depressing and readers can easily turn away from it. These five steps will help your reporting not burn people out

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 25/08/21

Tip: A-Z of journalism terms

Use this glossary so you do not get tripped up over common newsroom phrases like beat, embargo and standfirst

Posted by Jacob Granger on 24/08/21

Tip: Experiment with tried-and-tested tools for investigative journalism

Bookmark this list of muckraking tools and techniques that can help you gain access to elusive sources and data

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 23/08/21

Tip: Prepare for your NCTJ course

The NCTJ diploma is a gold standard of journalism in the UK. Here is what you need to know going into your studies

Posted by Jacob Granger on 20/08/21

Tip: Help journalists and others at risk in Afghanistan

GIJN has rounded up a list of useful resources for emergency evacuation and asylum processes for journalists who need assistance

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 19/08/21

Tip: Create slides and cards on social media to increase audience engagement

Clever use of visuals can stop your readers from scrolling and help translate a complex story into an engaging read

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 18/08/21

Tip: FAQ for reporting on economic concepts

Use this jargon-buster to understand the difference between income and wealth, and other common misconceptions

Posted by Jacob Granger on 17/08/21

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