Tip Sheets: Writing / Editing (1995-2010)

Tip Sheet Archive

WSJ Writer Uses Reporting Skills to Tell Her Late Mother's Story in New Book
Mallary Jean Tenore, May 7, 2010
Archived Chat: How to Write a Book
Roy Peter Clark, Jan. 8, 2010
Take a Tour of the Book-Writing Process
Roy Peter Clark, Jan. 6, 2010
How to Report a Story that Happened Decades Before You Were Born
Mallary Jean Tenore, May 11, 2009
25 Non-Random Things About Writing Short
Roy Peter Clark, Feb. 10, 2009
25 Random Things About 25 Random Things on Facebook
Tom Huang, Feb. 10, 2009
Veteran Editor Shares Inspiration for Language Lovers
Sara Quinn, Nov. 12, 2008
Downie Urges Beat-Based Investigative Reporting
Steve Myers, Oct. 14, 2008
Deep Reporting, Engaging Stories on This American Life
Steve Myers, Oct. 3, 2008
Connie Schultz Discusses Her Award-Winning Writing
Steve Myers, Sep. 19, 2008
Looking Through 'The Girl in the Window'
Steve Myers, August 6, 2008
Stakes, Expectations Rise as Copy Desks Shrink
Mallary Jean Tenore, July 3, 2008
Avoid Conventional Wisdom and Uncover Investigative Gems
Steve Myers, June 6, 2008
Asking the Right Questions on the Crime Beat
Rebecca Catalanello, June 6, 2008
Survey: Americans Say They're Well-Informed,
But Dissatisfied With Coverage of Iraq War

Mallary Jean Tenore, May 21, 2008
Telling Our Own Stories, Becoming Better Journalists
Mallary Jean Tenore, May 13, 2008
The Perils of Political Narrative: One Reporter's Story
J. Patrick Coolican, March 26, 2008
Nieman Narrations: Tips and Tales from Top Storytellers
Bill Kirtz, March 21, 2008
The Future of News: A Case for Literary Journalism
Brian Spadora, Feb. 12, 2008
In Defense of the Horse Race
Roy Peter Clark, Feb. 5, 2008
White Space for Writers
Don Fry, Jan. 18, 2008
Spare the Change
Roy Peter Clark, Jan. 14, 2008
A Lesson from New Hampshire: Cover, Don't Predict
Butch Ward, Jan. 9, 2008
Endorsements: A Journalistic Obligation?
Mallary Jean Tenore, Jan. 7, 2008
We Stand Corrected: When Good Journalists Make Stupid Mistakes
Chip Scanlan, Dec. 17, 2007
Gaining Altitude: Will Journalists Rise to the Challenge?
Roy Peter Clark, Nov. 21, 2007
Tracking Fire Coverage
Julie Moos, Oct. 24, 2007
When Words Betray Us: Stop Showing Off
Roy Peter Clark, Sep. 21, 2007
The Power of One Little Story
Roy Peter Clark, Sep. 12, 2007
Birth and Rebirth of an Obituary
Steve Myers, Aug. 31, 2007

Writing Tools--The Musical
Roy Peter Clark, March 7, 2007
Roy Peter Clark, Feb. 19, 2007
Reverse Publishing: From Blogger to Columnist
Pat Walters, Feb. 14, 2007
"Only Connect": A Farewell to Don Murray
Chip Scanlan, Feb. 6, 2007
A Call for Conscience Journalism
Jerry W. Mitchell, Jan. 29, 2007
Creating Multimedia: A Novice Shows the Way
David Shedden, Jan. 9, 2007
Uncivil War Over the Memoir
Roy Peter Clark, Jan. 5, 2007
Bill Mitchell, Oct. 31, 2006
Chip Scanlan, Sept. 28, 2006
Sex Research: Better Stories than Jokes
Kelly McBride, Sept. 28, 2006
Roy Peter Clark, September 20, 2006
Coming Back (Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later)
Keith Woods, August 23, 2006
Rick Edmonds, July 26, 2006
Caring About the News Again
Doug McGill, July 24, 2006
Watch Your Language: Words of War
Scott Libin, July 17, 2006
Engaging Readers in Enron: What It Took
Bob Steele, July 12, 2006
Voicing the Story: The Art and Craft of Podcast Narration
Chip Scanlan, July 6, 2006
Calls of Last Resort: Remembering Today's War Dead
Chip Scanlan, June 7, 2006
Lessons Learned from Pulitzers 2006
Bill Mitchell, May 22, 2006
Unleash the Watchdogs!
Bill Kirtz, May 22, 2006
The Guru Within: The Power of Self-Coaching
Chip Scanlan, May 12, 2006
Rising to the Top: A Q&A with New Yorker editor David Remnick
Ellen Heltzel, May 10, 2006
Different Terrain, Familiar Landscape:
This Week in Soutn African Media & Politics

Scott Libin, May 11, 2006
Freelancing Overseas: Casting Off the Parachute
Vanessa Gezari, May 8, 2006
Want to Live Forever? Write Your Own Obit
Don Fry, May 4, 2006
Short and Sweet: Storytelling in 300 Words
Michael Weinstein, April 30, 2006
The Tale of a Chick-Lit Plagiarist
Chip Scanlan, April 28, 2006
The Wisdom of Ages: Letters to a Young Journalist
Chip Scanlan, April 19, 2006
Safety and Story: A Balancing Act
Various Authors, March 30, 2006
Investigative Journalism: Papers' New Lifeblood
Bill Kirtz, March 21, 2006
Move Over, Strunk & White: There's a New Kid in Town
Chip Scanlan, March 6, 2006
Passing the Torch: Don't Let Great Sportswriting Flame Out
Roy Peter Clark, March 1, 2006
Why I Blog
Chip Scanlan, Feb. 8, 2006
Why They Go: Three War Correstpondents on the Work They Do
Al Tompkins, Jan. 29, 2006
A Reporter's Cold Case File: Justice for Linda

Chip Scanlan, Jan. 24, 2006
The Real "Glory Road": Coach Rupp as a Source
Gregory Favre, Jan. 13, 2006
Stopping the Presses and Getting it Right
Meg Martin, Jan. 4, 2006
Journalism's Highlights and Lowlights
Various Sources, December 28, 2005
Experimenting with Narratives:
The Race to Save Mary Lynn

Bill Mitchell, December 8, 2005
Why Narrative Matters as Newspapers Struggle
Bill Kirtz, December 5, 2005
Bigfoot in the Newsroom
Don Fry, December 1, 2005
You Think You're Overworked?
Roy Peter Clark, November 29, 2006
Pets in the News: A Call for Reform
Roy Peter Clark, November  28, 2005
Leaving Fingerprints: Inside the Police Beat
Meg Martin, November 19, 2005
On the Executive Course
Chip Scanlan, October 27, 2005
From Globe to Phoenix: Getting My Voice Back
Mark Jurkowitz, October 25, 2005 
And Now, a Word (or 14) About Editors
Mark Ludwig, September 29, 2005
The Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition:
Expectations, Surprises, Disappointments
Bill Mitchell, September 21, 2005
Poynter Speakers Series Presents: William Raspberry
September 15, 2005
Writing as Magic: It Only Looks Easy
Chip Scanlan, August 19, 2005
Covering Judge Roberts: Poynter Tips
Meghan Martin, August 19, 2005
What Lies Beneath: The Iceberg Theory of Writing
Chip Scanlan, August 4, 2005
Think Before You Record
Meghan Martin, August 1, 2005
"The Sound on the Page":
An Interview with Ben Yagoda
Chip Scanlan, July 27, 2005
On the Mekong Part II: Meet Bo
Michele McLellan, August 5, 2005
EPIC 2014: The Future is Now
Matt Thompson, July 21, 2005
Beating Vacation Re-Entry Blues
Chip Scanlan, July 14, 2005
Shoulder to Shoulder: The Art and Chaos of Collaboration
Chip Scanlan, July 7, 2005
Right Cub, Right Newsroom
Kelly McBride, June 29, 2005
He Read the Whole Thing
Bill Mitchell, June 28, 2005
A Star for the Critic
Gregory E. Favre, June 27, 2005
Allude at Your Own Risk
John Early McIntyre, June 22, 2005
Voice Lessons
Chip Scanlan, June 16, 2005
Word Watch: Allegedly Innocent Suspects
Scott Libin, June 16, 2005
Angels and Ghosts: Anatomy of a Story
Diana K. Sugg, June 14, 2005
Beyond the Job: Act II on the Mekong
Michele McLellan, June 10, 2005
Writing Sprints: Winning the Race
Chip Scanlan, June 9, 2005
Writing About the Dead and Loving It
Alana Baranick, June 6, 2005
A Guide to Computer Assisted Reporting
Pat Stith, June 3, 2005
Appreciating "Deep Throat:" Q&A with Hank Stuever
Chip Scanlan, June 1, 2005
The Bowden Method: Reconstructing the Narrative
Curtis Krueger, May 31, 2005
Keepers from Kansas:
25 Takeaways from a National Writers Workshop
Chip Scanlan, May 26, 2005
On the Shelf: A Writing Library for Your Newsroom
Chip Scanlan, May 18, 2005
Interviewing the President
Chip Scanlan, May 11, 2005
When the Reporter is Part of the Story:
Mirta Ojito's Memoir of Cuban Exodus
Chip Scanlan, May 4, 2005
The Censorship Generation?
Warren Watson, April 29, 2005
So Many Headlines, So Few Zingers
Christopher Smith, April 21, 2005
Youthful Consumption
Chip Scanlan, April 19, 2005
Covering Teen Suicide: One Paper's Decision
Barbara Walsh, April 15, 2005
Advice from a National Writers Workshop
Bill Kirtz, April 13, 2005
Reporter's Privilege
Bill Kirtz, April 13, 2005
Print to Pixels: Confessions of a News Consumer
Chip Scanlan, April 12, 2005
From Failure to Professional Malpractice
Bob Steele, April 8, 2005
Portrait of the Columnist as a Pampered Athlete
Roy Peter Clark, April 8, 2005
Front Page Gallery
(April 3, 2005, Flash plugin required)
The Page One Pope: A Legacy of Questions
(Roy Peter Clark, April 2, 2005)
Pope Resources: Collection of U.S. Newspaper Web sites
(April 2, 2005)
Pope Resources: Collection of International Newspaper Web sites
(April 2, 2005)
Prizes and Rumors of Prizes
Roy Harris, April 1, 2005
The Long and Winding Road
Chip Scanlan, March 29, 2005
Investigative Reporting: What It Takes
Bill Kirtz, March 25, 2005
The 80-20 Rule of Job Satisfaction
Chip Scanlan, March 21, 2005
Dalglish: 'Cover Government Secrecy As If It Were A Beat
Elizabeth Carr, March 15, 2005
Performance Under Pressure
Chip Scanlan, March 8, 2005
Beyond Cures, Breakthroughs, and News Releases:
Ideas for Covering Health & Medicine
Gary Schwitzer, March 1, 2005
Lessons Learned: Handling Emotional Interviews, Part 2
Chip Scanlan, March 1, 2005
Help with Emotional Interviews
Chip Scanlan, February 23, 2005
Hundreds Enter, Few Win, Many Are Worth a Look
Elizabeth J. Carr, February 21, 2005
Ten Things Copy Editors Want from Line Editors
Bob Baker, February 8, 2005
Writing Hacks
Chip Scanlan, February 7, 2005
Upholding Editing
John Early McIntyre, February 4, 2005
Finding Your Voice Online
Chip Scanlan, January 31, 2005
Weekend in the Blogosphere
Chip Scanlan, January 21, 2005
The Life of a Salesman
Chip Scanlan, January 12, 2005
Narrative Chic & Kowtowing to the Bush Bashers
Roy Peter Clark, January 12, 2005
The Journalist as Eyewitness
Roy Peter Clark, December 27, 2004
Little Bugle Boy: Gifts for the writer in your life
Chip Scanlan, December 16, 2005
Five Easy Pieces
Chip Scanlan, December 8, 2004
Beyond Alienation: Four Virtues That Can Help
Roy Peter Clark, December 1, 2004
Thus Spake Carrie
Chip Scanlan, November 30, 2004
Super Prose: How Comics Can Make You a Better Writer
Chip Scanlan, November 29, 2004
Inside the Writing Process With Don Murray
Donald Murray, November 15, 2004
What Inspires You?
Chip Scanlan, November 1, 2004
The "Hardest Job In Journalism"
Bill Kirtz, October 26, 2004
Persuasive Writing Seminar
Poynter Institute Seminar, October 10-15, 2004
Some Cousin He Turns Out to Be
Gregory Favre, October 14, 2004
The Way We Ask
Chip Scanlan, October 7, 2004
My Fellow Americans: Political Reporters On Speeches
Chip Scanlan, September 30, 2004
Resistance Isn't Futile; It's the Answer
Chip Scanlan, September 22, 2004
APME Survey: Newspaper Readers Use Blogs Cautiously
Ryan Pitts, October 13, 2004
Resistance Isn't Futile; It's the Answer
Chip Scanlan, September 22, 2004
Editors at Work: A Process Approach
Chip Scanlan, September 13, 2004
Why Math Matters
Chip Scanlan, September 8, 2004
Getting to the Source: Preventing Plagiarism
Chip Scanlan, August 30, 2004
The Global War on Plagiarism
Roy Peter Clark, August 25, 2004
The Quote Diet
Chip Scanlan, August 23, 2004
Writer's Survival Guide
Chip Scanlan, August 16, 2004
Making Your Writing Do Double-Duty
Chip Scanlan, August 9, 2004
'Open Records' Often Closed to Public
Al Tompkins, August 6, 2004
Risky Business: Enterprise and the News
Chip Scanlan, July 29, 2004
How to Cover a Pseudo-Event
Roy Peter Clark, July 25, 2004
What Makes Local News Really Local?
Don Fry, July 22, 2004
Reporting Big Documents on Short Deadlines
Al Tompkins, July 21, 2004
A Pack Rat Reconsiders
Chip Scanlan, July 20, 2004
Horse Stories Lose by a Nose
Christopher T. Hanson, July 9, 2004
Stories to Share: A Reporter's Memoir
Chip Scanlan, July 7, 2004
Reviving the Feature Story
Roy Peter Clark, June 30, 2004
Summer Reading Lists
Chip Scanlan, June 23, 2004
Recasting the Anonymous Source as 'Exceptional Event'
Bill Mitchell, June 21, 2004
Putting Endings First
Chip Scanlan, June 16, 2004
Unmuddling Middles
Don Fry, June 16, 2004
Making a Comeback
Helen Karakoudas Chongris, June 11, 2004
Labor Pains
Chip Scanlan, June 7, 2004
Community Journalism: Nowhere to Hide
John A. Hatcher, June 4, 2004
Lessons Learned: Exploring the Process
of Award-Winning Editorial Writing
Chip Scanlan, June 1, 2004
Death of the Feature
Roy Peter Clark, May 27, 2004
Steal This Article: Notes on Newsroom Training
Steve Buttry, May 25, 2004
Visual Voices: Artists of the Editorial Page
Matt Thompson, May 21, 2004
When the Killer Came Back
Matt Thompson, May 19, 2004
Transforming Questions
Chip Scanlan, May 17, 2004
How to Edit Copy and Influence People
Barbara Wallraff, May 13, 2004
The World Wide Resume: Posting Your Clips Online
Chip Scanlan, May 4, 2004
The Education of a Subling
Elizabeth Mary Barratt, May 6, 2004
Your Work as Your Best Resume: Tips on Clips
Chip Scanlan, April 27, 2004
Journalists Who Lie, Journalists Who Die
Betty Medsger, April 26, 2004
Trademark Law for ... Dunderheads
Matt Thompson, April 23, 2004
The Power of Good Questions
Chip Scanlan, April 19, 2004
Covering Oklahoma City: A Look Back
Janet Weaver, April 16, 2004
The Pulitzers That Got Away
Roy Harris, April 6, 2004
Pulitzer Juror's Tale: Do's, Don'ts, and a Single Sad Surpriser
Keith Woods, April 5, 2004
You Be the Editor
Roy Peter Clark, April 1, 2004
Discussion Is the Policy
Matt Thompson, April 1, 2004
Colorful News Writing? Try 1923
Roy Peter Clark, March 31, 2004
Juggling Act
Chip Scanlan, March 29, 2004
Making It By Making It Up: The Only Path to Glory?
Chip Scanlan, March 23, 2004
Jack, We Didn't Know You
Gregory Favre, March 23, 2004
Dr. Ink: "USA Today Scandal A Threat To White Privilege, Mediocrity"
Dr. Ink, March 23, 2004
Is Anyone Editing Their Copy?
Matt Thompson, March 18, 2004
Mr. & Ms. Wonderful: Our Fantasy Reporter, Editor Team
Chip Scanlan, March 10, 2004
After the Firestorm: Fury and the Future
(and Romenesko Jason Blair Timeline)
Karen Brown Dunlap, March 4, 2004
The Art of Asking Questions
Various Authors, March 1, 2004
Words to Write By
Chip Scanlan, March 1, 2004
From Fact to Fiction: Making the Leap
Chip Scanlan, February 24, 2004
Being Blocked is Part of the Process
Chip Scanlan, February 16, 2004
Lessons from Carlie: Fear of Strangers Drives Us Crazy
Roy Peter Clark, February 16, 2004
Critiquing the Critique
Chip Scanlan, February 10, 2004
Five Myths about Short Writing
Roy Peter Clark and Tim McGuire, February 9, 2004
He Wrote Thoughtfully: Re-Examining the Adverb
Chip Scanlan, February 3, 2004
The Day I Wanted My Newsroom Back
Janet S. Weaver, January 30, 2004
Editing Content You Can't Control
Janet S. Weaver, January 14, 2004
1,000 Headlines in 460 Days
Larry Larsen, January 7, 2004
A Writer's Book of Days
Chip Scanlan, January 6, 2004
Taking the Tweed Out of the Arts Journalism Wardrobe
Various Authors, December 20, 2003
To Be Continued: A Serial Narrative Primer
Chip Scanlan, December 18, 2003
Reporting On Suicide
Cindi Deutschman-Ruiz, December 17, 2003
Tell Me A Story
Roy Peter Clark, December 12, 2003
On the Narrative Trail
Bill Kirtz, December 10, 2003
Nieman Narrative: So Much Snow, So Many Ideas, So Little Time
Chip Scanlan, December 10, 2003
The Narrative Journal: Reports from
the 2003 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism

Various Authors, December 2003
'Tisn't the Season
Chip Scanlan, December 2, 2003
Selling the Power of Focus
Chip Scanlan, November 24, 2003
Dismantling Your Story's Scaffolding
Chip Scanlan, November 12, 2003
The Greatest Story Never Told
Roy Peter Clark, November 10, 2003
10 Things to Know & Love About Copy Editors
Sara Quinn, October 31, 2003
The Internal Cliffhanger: Writing Tool #31
Roy Peter Clark, October 27, 2003
Copy Editing for Diversity
Ron Smith, October 24, 2003
Live the Questions
Chip Scanlan, October 23, 2003
Editors' Best Time Management Tips
Chip Scanlan, October 23, 2003
Do-It-Yourself Journalism
Don Fry, October 20, 2003
My Year of Writing Dangerously
Roy Peter Clark, October 17, 2003
Step-By-Step E-mail Interviewing Tips
Sandeep Junnarkar, October 16, 2003
Nonlinear Narratives
Chip Scanlan, October 15, 2003
The Invisible Reporter
Matt Thompson, October 8, 2003
What is Narrative, Anyway?
Chip Scanlan, October 7, 2003
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Roy Peter Clark, October 6, 2003
Mainline those Quotes: A Story Form that Works
Bill Mitchell and Alicia Shepard, October 1, 2003
Read All About It!:
How Old Newspapers Can Make Your Stories Brand New
Chip Scanlan, September 23, 2003
Poynter, ASNE Release "Best Newspaper Writing 2003"
Keith Woods, August 18, 2003
Put Audience to Work on Outage Story
Bill Mitchell, August 14, 2003
Writing with Two Brains
Chip Scanlan and Kathy Fair, August 7, 2003
Writing with Your Nose
Chip Scanlan, July 28, 2003
Help or Hindrance
Chip Scanlan, July 24, 2003
Footnoting the News
Chip Scanlan, July 10, 2003
When Your Story Needs Shock Trauma
Chip Scanlan, July 7, 2003
Organizing the Writing Life
Chip Scanlan, June 26, 2003
The Hourglass
Chip Scanlan, June 18, 2003
Reporting the World Home
Robin Sloan, June 10, 2003
Getting it Right: Poynter Guide to Accuracy
Larry Larsen, June 7, 2003
The Coaching Craft
Cheryl Carpenter, May 23, 2003
30 Ways to Capture Readers
Dr. Ink, May 21, 2003
Letters to Writers: Dispatches from NWWs
Various Authors, May 21, 2003
The Coaching Way
Chip Scanlan, May 15, 2003
A Writer's Time: Making the Most of Yours
Chip Scanlan, May 6, 2003
The Ten Percent Solution
Chip Scanlan, May 1, 2003
Iraq Coverage Resources
Various Authors, February 24, 2003
Best Newspaper Writing Index
Keith Woods and Chip Scanlan, editors, February 7, 2003
Writing with Deadlines: It Takes More Than One
Chip Scanlan, January 6, 2003
Jacqui Banaszynski�s Six Paths to Story
Chip Scanlan, December 11, 2002
Why Copy Editing Matters: Mind if We Watch?
Karen Dunlap, November 9, 2002
Thirty Tools for Writers
Roy Peter Clark, August 1, 2002
The Best Tip I Ever Got Was...
John Hatcher, May 16, 2002
The Ethics of Narrative Journalism: A Continuing Debate
Roy Peter Clark, January 25, 2002
Tools of the Trade: The Question
Chip Scanlan, October 23, 2001
Visible News, Invisible Stories
John Sweeney, June 4, 2001
Write Tight!
Chip Scanlan, January 5, 2001
How to Make Your Writing Stronger
Thomas Oliver, September 6, 2000
Rules to Interview By
Leslie Rubinkowski, August 2, 2000
Clearer, Stronger Writing
Al Tompkins, May 17, 2000
Ways of Reading Copy
Roy Peter Clark, July 1, 1999
What Are You Missing?
Karen Dunlap, October 19, 1998
Goodbye Copy Desk, Hello Trouble?
John Russial, January 1, 1997
The Seven Deadly Copy Editing Sins
Anne Glover, January 2, 1996
If I Were a Carpenter: The Tools of the Writer
Roy Peter Clark, January 15, 1995
Storytelling on Deadline
Chip Scanlan, January 1, 1995


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