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    7 questions to guide your voice as a writer

    Memorable writing has a strong voice. But how do you develop the genuine tone that distinguishes your writing? Consider these components:

    What is the level of language? Is it concrete or abstract or somewhere in between? Do you use street slang or the logical argument of a professor of philosophy?

    What "person" do you work in? Should you use "I" or "we" or "you" or "they" — or all of these?

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    7 ingredients for effective reviews

    Powerful reviews do more than offer a list of observations about a movie, TV show or play. Reviews, like all forms of opinion writing, work best when they tell a story and connect with their audience. Eric Deggans, the TV critic for NPR, shares these strategies.

    Be a griot. Just like the African poets and storytellers who told the history of a tribe, your work should tell a story. Each review should have a beginning, a middle and an end.

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    2 ways to put numbers in context

    In honor of Pi Day on March 14 (Pi is approximately 3.14159 — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter), today's Coffee Break Course celebrates math.

    When reporting on numbers, give them some context so you can present a broader picture to your readers. For example:

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    4 ways to dig deeper in stories of faith and religion

    Stories about religion are not just about a church, temple or mosque. Here are some guiding questions to help you tell stories with context and credibility.

    Motivation. Religious belief or morality is often used to justify assertions or behaviors--and it can also be used as a screen to disguise other motivations. Are there other factors or concerns at stake in the story besides religious conviction?

    Faith. Dig deep to find why people struggle for the sake of their faith. Do you understand what motivates the people in the story?

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    5 tips for writing blog posts

    Even the best writers struggle from time to time in crafting their work. This can be especially tricky for bloggers, who want to produce a steady flow of content for their audience.

    Not to worry. Every writer faces this dilemma. Here are some strategies to kick-start your work.

    Try the Hemingway Trick for Early Productivity

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    How to address the challenges of covering the opioid epidemic

    New York –  Pat Beall said she and her colleagues at The Palm Beach Post had been consistently reporting on Palm Beach County’s growing opioid epidemic, highlighting the lives of a few of the victims and the toll their death took on families and the larger community. But it wasn’t enough. Each story would get a little attention, but within a day or two the latest victim would be all but forgotten.

    “This was a situation where every other day in Donald Trump’s Palm Beach back yard someone was dying a heroin-related death and, literally, no one cared,” Beall said quietly.

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    8 steps for building your writing process

    Writing is a process – a set of predictable, repeatable steps in the journey to the finished work. While there are probably as many processes are there are writers, here are some of the identifiable steps.

    Explore: All good writers express a form of curiosity, a sense that something is going on out there. See your world as a storehouse of story ideas.

    Gather: Writers collect words, images, details, facts, quotes, dialogue, documents, scenes, expert testimony, eyewitness accounts, statistics and, of course, the name of the dog.

 
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