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Coffee Break Course

A two-minute selection from a News University online course.

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Ethics of Journalism

Every decision you make as a journalist has ethical overtones. You must be skilled enough — and confident enough — to weigh competing pressures and loyalties and to make choices that match your journalistic purpose and allow you to uphold the ethical values that you, your organization and your profession hold dear. One key choice is the use of sources. Read More
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Math for Journalists

It can be tough for readers, viewers and listeners to keep track of numbers in your story, whether it’s coverage of the Powerball frenzy or a routine City Hall meeting. These guidelines will help you reduce number clutter, increase the readability of your news report and help your audience better understand your story. Avoid ‘Number Soup.’ Use no more than … Read More
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Writing Effective Photo Captions

Even if a picture is worth a thousand words, it still needs a caption to draw readers, provide context and tell the story. Here are some tips for writing powerful captions—whether in print or online. Keep captions short and direct. One to three sentences, in active voice, will hold your readers’ interest. Look at the picture. It may sound obvious, … Read More
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Introduction to Sports Reporting

You can never know too much about the intricacies of a sport that you’re covering. Your knowledge of the details will improve your coverage of any sports event. Here are several ways to get up to speed on the basics: Watch a game or two in advance to understand of basic rules, key strategies, terms and etiquette. As you watch, … Read More
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Connecting as a Columnist: Your Voices, Your Choices

Successful columnists connect with their readers by offering not just the tale, but the "teller," a person with a distinctive voice. One of the building blocks to develop your voice is narrative lens: the way you relate your readers to your story. Use these "narrative lens" choices to shape your readers’ connection to you, and to your writing. How close … Read More
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Managing Change

Sometimes something just feels wrong in a workplace. But how do you diagnose the situation?  Say, for example, the direction or goals seen unclear in your office. There could be a lot of reasons for that. Here are some root causes of that problem--and the questions that will help you pinpoint the cause. Maybe the cause is leadership. Ask: … Read More
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