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Tips for journalists

Tip: Schedule breaks to manage your time effectively

To work at your best, you need to pencil in downtime. That is easier said than done for those with a busy and unpredictable workload

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 10/08/22

Tip: Discover eight new(ish) social media platforms

Have you heard of Locket, Supernova or Sunroom?

Posted by Jacob Granger on 09/08/22

The do's and don'ts of reporting on death and grief

Press regulator IMPRESS explains some key guidelines journalists should follow to avoid intrusion into grief

Posted by IMPRESS on 08/08/22

Tip: Reporting on crime? Make sure your coverage reflects your values

Trusting News recommends rethinking how the crime beat should be covered, to ensure your reporting leaves communities empowered and informed

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 01/08/22

Tip: Master the art of the summary to reach a wider audience

Summaries are slightly different from headlines or standfirsts - but they are a format to practice if you want your content to reach the right people

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 01/08/22

Tip: Target student readers to support audience growth

Subscribers acquired at a younger age offer news organisations greater lifetime value, so use these tips from The Wall Street Journal to gain loyalty among student readers

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 01/08/22

Tip: Sell news subscriptions without going through Apple

Nieman Lab founder Joshua Benton shares advice for news publishers on how to avoid giving up 30 per cent of subscription revenue to Apple

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 27/07/22

Tip: A guide to documenting international crime

These guidelines for journalists and editors walk through the process of capturing information about international crimes so that it may be admitted as evidence in court

Posted by Jacob Granger on 26/07/22

How to ace public speaking and live performance

Neurobiology, psychology skills and attitude: Overcoming nerves is not purely about mindset

Posted by Olivia James on 25/07/22

Tip: NCTJ's guide for providing work experience and internships

Use this set of industry guidelines to put fairer policies in place, allowing a greater diversity of talent to hone their skills in your newsroom

Posted by Jacob Granger on 25/07/22

Tip: Use "stay interviews" to retain talent

When employers talk openly with staff looking to leave the company, at best they may convince them to stay, regardless they learn how to improve their workplace

Posted by Jacob Granger on 14/07/22

Tip: Supercharge your audience growth

Want more readers? Use all the tools at your disposal by digging through your content archives

Posted by Jacob Granger on 12/07/22

Tip: Tools for creating audio articles

Text-to-speech technology allows more people to access your best pieces

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/07/22

Tip: Finding time to be a mentor

Learn how to be smarter with your schedule and sign-up process

Posted by Jacob Granger on 08/07/22

Tip: Support disabled journalists in your newsroom

Make your workplace welcoming and flexible for staff with different needs

Posted by Jacob Granger on 07/07/22

Tip: Business tools for small newsrooms

Make sure your tech stack covers all the essentials without paying a fortune

Posted by Jacob Granger on 06/07/22

Tip: Avoid oversimplified terms to label countries and people

As journalists, we all know the power of words. So think twice about your choice of terminology when describing countries, regions and their people

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 04/07/22

Tip: Prepare and empower interviewees

Do you interview people who may not have spoken to a journalist before? Briefing them ahead of time can settle nerves and manage expectations

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 04/07/22

Tip: Lessons in leading a media startup

Tobi Ordein, co-founder of Black Ballad, shares tips on work culture, vision and leadership - some of the hardest things to get right in any company

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/07/22

Tip: A style guide for trans coverage

Reporting well on trans communities requires nuance and care, and this guide by The Trans Journalists Association provides a starting point

Posted by Jacob Granger on 30/06/22

Tip: Dealing with a toxic boss

Is it possible to salvage an unhealthy relationship with an editor? Yes, but you must also be prepared to walk away from the job

Posted by Jacob Granger on 28/06/22

Tip: Keep burnout at bay within your organisation

Create a workplace where staff do not become overloaded with stress and fatigue

Posted by Jacob Granger on 23/06/22

Tip: Incorporate YouTube Shorts into your social video strategy

The short-form video format could be your secret power play to cranking up views on the platform

Posted by Jacob Granger on 21/06/22

Tip: Get inspired to do Instagram Reels

Avoid sticking out like a sore thumb on social media. Use these examples as a fast hack to fit in with the crowd

Posted by Jacob Granger on 16/06/22

Tip: Start a podcast on your own for free

You do not have to break the bank to get a professional-sounding podcast. Use this essentials list of equipment and software to get started today

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 15/06/22

Tip: Take climate change storytelling up a notch

Change the narrative around a global issue by focusing on inspirational or practical local solutions stories

Posted by Jacob Granger on 14/06/22

Tip: Working with vulnerable sources for investigative reporting

Gain the trust of people who have difficult and personal stories to share with the world

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 13/06/22

Tip: Pitch a story, not an idea, when reporting on development topics

Focus on specific case studies and characters when writing a development story

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 07/06/22

Tip: Create a solutions journalism podcast

Opt for the audio medium when covering responses to societal problems

Posted by Jacob Granger on 06/06/22

Tip: How to write your first book as a journalist

First-time author and TikTok sensation Sophia Smith Galer shares first-hand advice on making your book idea a reality

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/06/22

Tip: Keep your voice authentic to appeal to younger readers

Speakers at Journalism.co.uk's Newsrewired conference traded tips on producing content that grabs the attention and trust of Gen Z. One core message stood out: loosen up and be yourself

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 31/05/22

Tip: Managing doomscrolling

Kick the unhealthy habit of searching endlessly for negative news and updates. Instead, limit your intake of it

Posted by Jacob Granger on 19/05/22

Tip: An email template to ask readers for their support on World Press Freedom Day

On a day reminding us of the importance of democracy and independent journalism, take this chance to thank readers for their crucial support and to commit once again

Posted by Jacob Granger on 29/04/22

Tip: An A-Z of online community terms

Know your AMAs from your KPIs

Posted by Jacob Granger on 28/04/22

Tip: A guide to secure communications using Signal

Discover all the ins and outs of the encrypted messaging platform which has become a safe place for journalists to talk to sources

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 27/04/22

Tip: The five best ways to use Instagram Stories as a journalist

Do not miss an easy chance to connect with your audience and increase eyeballs on your content

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 25/04/22

Tip: Integrate a feedback culture in your newsroom

Foster innovation and solutions for your news organisation by allowing team members to pitch in with ideas

Posted by Jacob Granger on 22/04/22

Tip: Put audience needs at the core of your newsletters

Knowing what your readers want and when they want it is one thing. It is another to act on that feedback

Posted by Jacob Granger on 21/04/22

Tip: Tools for non-native English speaking journalists

Master reporting in English when it is not your mother tongue

Posted by Jacob Granger on 20/04/22

Tip: Mastering the art of the news explainer

BBC News presenter Ros Atkins spoke in Perugia about how to break down topics for audiences so they understand the complex news stories of the day

Posted by Jacob Granger on 12/04/22

Tip: the Guardian's best practices for live blogging

What do audiences truly want from rolling updates to a fast-moving news story?

Posted by Jacob Granger on 29/03/22

Tip: How to keep your communications secure

Using end-to-end encryption protects both yourself and your sources - these guides give you tips for secure messages, calls and file-sharing

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 28/03/22

Tip: Empower your staff to experiment

Digital media organisations need to be able to react and adapt fast to serve their communities

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 23/03/22

Tip: How to make your Twitter threads stand out

These three steps will help you beat the Twitter algorithm which only shows the first and last two tweets in a thread

Posted by Olivia Crellin on 18/03/22

Tip: Spotting mis- and disinformation from Ukraine

Learn how not to be an unwitting part of spreading propaganda and falsehoods

Posted by Jacob Granger on 17/03/22

Tip: Three ways to appeal to Gen Z readers

People born after 1997 grew up with social media and spend money on content that engages them

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 16/03/22

Tip: Discover the perfect length for your social video

Every social platform has a different sweet spot for how long videos should be. Find out what works best on the likes of Twitter, Youtube and TikTok

Posted by Jacob Granger on 15/03/22

Tip: Resources for reporting on Russia

Use these tools to cover Russian oligarchs, sanctions, disinformation or military movements

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 14/03/22

Tip: Use non-media experience to your advantage

Having a background in call centres, coffee shops or education can provide transferable skills to work as a journalist

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/03/22

Tip: Coping with bad news

The news agenda is unrelentingly negative at the moment. Take these steps to keep your mental health in check

Posted by Jacob Granger on 08/03/22

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