Writing Tips


How to Listen

How to Listen


Posted By on May 27, 2020

As writers, we need to do three essential things: read a lot, write a lot, and listen well. Freelance writer Drew Myron shares the impact true listening can have on an interview.

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A freelance writer asked us for phone interview advice last month, so we turned to the experts: the NewsData reporting team. These reporters cover energy and natural gas policy across the Western U.S. and Canada. We hope their insights help strengthen your reporting in a social-distance world!

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Pack Your Lede with Promise

Pack Your Lede with Promise


Posted By on May 29, 2019

Struggling with how to start a story? Forget the rules. Focus on the promise. “By and large, using all five W’s (who, what, where, why, when) results in a really bulky sentence,” says retired Seattle Times reporter and writing instructor Jack Broom. “You don’t want your first sentence to be bulky. You want it to be enticing, a promise of something to come.” Avoid putting the name of an organization, exact dates, quotes or more than...

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