Tip of the Week Archive

Do You Know What You’re Talking About When You Read The Jobs Numbers?

Posted June 12, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

It helps to know what those numbers mean.   We tick off how many new jobs there are and where the unemployment rate stands.   You will be so much better at reporting such issues if you know what the other numbers mean and where to find a ton of stuff to round out the story.     More  

A Tool To See What Media Is Covering

Posted May 14, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Our IBA Newsroom Tip Of The Week comes from Samantha Sunne at Tools For Reporters.  Be sure to sign up for its mailings.

You can use Media Cloud to search the text published by news outlets to see what they’re covering.  Sunne says “There’s a LOT of claims out there about “the media covers this,  More  

The Dreaded Passive Voice Revisited

Posted May 1, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

This was one of the most popular  Tips Of The Week on our site this past year.

 

Thanks to Ken Keller.  A good chunk of this article came from an INBA Tune In back in the 1990’s (based on the original article mentioning Governor Jim Edgar.)

With Mr.  More  

Too Soon? Not Soon Enough? This Week’s Tip.

Posted April 24, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

 

I hear and see it a lot.  A reporter telling me a town may soon see a new business.  Citizens may soon see higher garbage rates. The state may soon be home to… you get my point.     Perhaps telling your audience something may be coming soon works good enough.   More  

The Importance Of Being Focused

Posted April 16, 2019 by Bill Wheelhouse

Minneapolis TV Reporter Boyd Huppert emphasized that importance of knowing the focus of your story, when speaking to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association over the weekend.

It motivated me to focus on FOCUS in future Tips of the Week.

Huppert’s working definition of focus is “Character,  More  

The Importance Of Having Your Story Focused

Posted by Bill Wheelhouse

Minneapolis TV Reporter Boyd Huppert emphasized that importance of knowing the focus of your story, when speaking to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association over the weekend.

It motivated me to focus on FOCUS in future Tips of the Week.

Huppert’s working definition of focus is “Character,  More