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Posts by Don Fry

About Don Fry

Represents the Poynter Institute at journalism organization meetings and conferences, National Writers' Workshops, and the Institute for Advancement of Journalism in South Africa. Helps writers to write better, editors to edit better, and managers to organize better through coaching. Directed the Institute's writing program from 1988-1994.
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Remembering Allister Sparks, a champion of South African journalism

Allister Sparks died Sept. 19. The former editor of The Rand Daily Mail helped lead the fight against the apartheid government of South Africa. The New York Times obituary omitted one of his major accomplishments: founding the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg in 1992. Allister believed with Thomas Jefferson that a new democracy could only survive … Read More
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Unmuddling Middles

Many reporters write strong leads, back them up, and finish their story with an ending. But the middle "has no recognizable sequence of ideas, no flow of cause and effect, and no narrative, just puddles of information," as Roy Peter Clark and I complained in our latest edition of "Coaching Writers," on page 107. Many editors struggle to … Read More
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Do-It-Yourself Journalism

Want to read something different in your newspaper? Start clipping examples and spreading the word. Read More
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Start at the Copy Desk

Why not put all new reporters on the copy desk for a month? It's an unorthodox step that could improve the entire paper. Here's how. Read More
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