The strength of your sources will play a big role in determining the strength of your stories. Learn how to find better sources.
It’s important to know what type of story you’re writing before you begin. There are two primary story types: Hard news and feature.
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.
A lede must summarize the essence of the story and should be compelling enough to hold readers’ attention. This module offers tips on how to write a great lede.
A helpful checklist to review before submitting your story to your mentor.
Here are a few tips on writing headlines that will compel people to read your story.
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.
Journalists generally agree on elements of newsworthiness: timeliness, prominence, conflict, impact, proximity, uniqueness, human interest.
The nut graph, sometimes called the perspective graph, is a paragraph in a news or feature story that tells why a story is newsworthy.
Unless you know material is accurate, it is common knowledge or you witness what you describe first-hand, you must attribute it. Learn the basics of attribution in this tip sheet.
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.
Photography makes a story more appealing, and adds an important dimension to the story. All journalists should know how to take a basic photo to go with their story.