Tips for journalists

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

Tip: Protect your privacy online

As a journalist, you can be specifically targeted by bad actors online. Bookmark these steps to protect yourself from blackmail or theft of your unpublished stories

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 16/08/21

Tip: Grow engagement on Instagram and TikTok

US local news publication Record-Journal shares its best tips for a successful social video strategy

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 13/08/21

Tip: Linguistic tricks to improve virtual presenting

Avoid sending your audience to sleep with a monotone or stiff speech

Posted by Jacob Granger on 12/08/21

Tip: Transcribe captions from YouTube videos

There is an easier way to turn audio on the online video platform into text

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/08/21

Tip: Pick the right mentor for you

Whether someone is a good source of wisdom and advice depends on their experience, values and personality

Posted by Jacob Granger on 10/08/21

Tip: Improve your coverage of hate crimes

When incidents motivated by hate happen, the public wants to know the details as well as the context

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 09/08/21

Tip: How to write about traumatic events without re-traumatising people

Learn how to correctly use the language of trauma to make your writing more accurate

Posted by Melanie Weaver on 06/08/21

Tip: How to improve your visual storytelling as a cartoonist

When done well, "cartoons can be interpretative, analytical, entertaining and even prophetic." Here is how to get them right

Posted by Melanie Weaver on 05/08/21

Tip: Explaining changes to your political coverage

Assure your readers that differences in how politicians are covered is not an act of bias

Posted by Melanie Weaver on 04/08/21

Tip: Make the most of your comment section

This useful guide will help you harness a powerful tool for audience engagement

Posted by Melanie Weaver on 03/08/21

Tip: What you need to know before pitching a personal essay

Never pressure yourself to bare your soul

Posted by Melanie Weaver on 02/08/21

Tip: How to get well-prepared for an internship in journalism

Bookmark these tips to make the most out of your first work opportunity in the media

Posted by Osama Gaweesh on 28/07/21

Tip: How journalists from marginalised groups can set healthy work boundaries

You do not have to cover stories or share your own experience if that makes you feel too uncomfortable. Here is how to learn to say ‘no’

Posted by Osama Gaweesh on 27/07/21

Tip: Hone your creative process

Struggling with mental block? Use these steps to unlock the creative side of your brain

Posted by Milly Martin on 23/07/21

Tip: Become a podcasting pro

Avoid these rookie errors to make your episodes sound top notch

Posted by Milly Martin on 22/07/21

Tip: Surviving WFH during a heatwave

Working from a home office should be a breeze

Posted by Milly Martin on 21/07/21

Tip: Responsible reporting on eating disorders

Covering personal and sensitive subjects fairly and accurately can make survivors feel seen and understood

Posted by Milly Martin on 20/07/21

Tip: Dealing with toxic behaviour in the workplace

Learn how to remove friction and resolve conflict in working environments

Posted by Milly Martin on 19/07/21

Tip: Increase your productivity at work

Bottle your motivation and see your projects through

Posted by Jacob Granger on 16/07/21

Tip: A one-man band membership strategy

You cannot do everything yourself, so use this guide to set realistic expectations for your reader revenue strategy

Posted by Jacob Granger on 15/07/21

Tip: Editor’s golden rules for working with freelancers

If you are not going to pursue their ideas, do not palm off their pitches to Twitter

Posted by Osama Gaweesh on 14/07/21

Tip: Fess up when you mess up

Admitting that you made a mistake can help build a relationship with your audience

Posted by Lauren Hardaway on 08/07/21

Tip: A guide to all-remote working

Learn how to maintain efficient and healthy work culture while journalists are at home desks

Posted by Jacob Granger on 07/07/21

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