As journalists, we have a weighty responsibility to provide coverage that is accurate, fair, balanced and unbiased and to do so without conflicts of interest. Here's how to carry out that responsibility.
Interviewing can be scary at first, but if you're well-prepared and follow some basic steps, your interviews will yield plenty of facts as well as strong quotes for your stories. Here's help on how to do a good interview.
Quotes enliven your copy, and direct quotes are essential ingredients of strong news and feature stories. Journalists must learn to develop an ear and an eye for strong direct quotes and know when to use direct quotes and when to paraphrase.