Writing Tips


Storytelling, and the platforms we use to share stories with staff and consumers, has never been more important. That’s why in 2021 we are focusing on the power of storytelling. Join us in a storytelling webinar January 19, then talk to peers about your story at our virtual office on January 21.

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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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