Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Be a Super Journalist

Lois Lane
Super Journalist
I've come across some incredible tips, articles and posts that fellow journalists have written. They offer so much information about how to become the "Super Journalist" you are striving to be.

How to Tell a Journalist from a Blogger
This is extremely helpful, clear and full of valid points. In today's society, it's easy for a journalist to turn into an opinionated writer via a blog post. But there should always be a clear distinction between the two.

1. A journalist is trained in journalism.
Whether in the hallowed halls of higher learning or in the less-hallowed halls of a professional newsroom, the journalist has been trained as such. The journalist’s work has been pruned mercilessly by the red pens of professors, peers, and editors.

A bachelor’s degree in journalism, media studies, mass communication, or some similarly named program along with at least a few years under the tutelage of editors is the best preparation for calling oneself a journalist.....

How to Write Interesting Newspaper Articles
It's always good to freshen up and brainstorm ideas about what attracts readers. This is a great resource that offers informative content on how to make your writing intrigue readers.

1. Read newspaper and magazine articles in print. You know how writers print out their work on paper to edit and revise? Well, the same goes for improving your writing skills. We need to see words on actual paper to help us identify what works and what doesn’t work. I started subscribing to the Vancouver Sun three weeks ago, to see if I’d get more ideas and learn more about writing…and I have....

The Importance of Self-Editing
Whether you're a journalist, writer or blogger -- the same rule still applies: edit your content. You want the reader to focus on what you're saying and not be distracted by spelling and grammar errors.
So how do you learn to self-edit? The same way you learn to write: by practice, by reading critically, and by paying attention to that all-important outside criticism, which can not only help you improve your work, but teach you how to criticize yourself.....

73 Ways to Become a Better Writer

Simple, clear but essential tips in how you can improve your writing.
1. Become a blogger.
2. Use self-imposed word limits.
3. Accept all forms of criticism and learn to grow from it.
4. Read what you've written over and over, until you can't find any more problems.
5. Show what you write to a trusted friend for feedback.....

Get Personal -- The Basics of Essay Writing
This definitely isn't a journalism tip but it is good advice for other forms of writing.
Write What You Know
Yes, you've heard it, over and over again. This mantra is overused for a reason: any type of writing begins with you, the writer. No matter the genre, your experiences and thoughts are sifted through, and the nuggets of gold you find make it to the page. This is especially true with personal essays....

Journalism Grads: 30 Things You Should Do This Summer
Challenge yourself to complete the following list. You'll feel like a more experienced journalist and story teller by the end.
1. Start a blog and post at least twice a week
2. If you already have a blog, write a post that gets retweeted 20 times
3. Shoot 100 amazing photos and post them on Flickr
4. Friend at least 50 journalists on Twitter who in turn follow you back
5. Become a part of a crowdsourcing project (start here)....

And just in case you missed it........

AP Style Book Now Includes 42 Social Media Guidelines
Our prayers have been answered. Simple things like website have changed (now web site). See what else has changed!

And my own tip? Keep it entertaining......aka no predictability.

And with that, I would like to add a comedic relief depicting my point:

Charlie Broker's How To Report the News


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