Journalism Style Guide

Most news organizations have style and ethics handbooks. They expect reporters, editors and producers to follow the guidelines they lay out. When it comes to writing, this means that reporters use the same abbreviations, punctuation and approach to writing. Here's an example from the Reuters Handbook: adjectives Use sparingly. Inject color into copy with strong …

Reporting Basics

  Reporting  Journalism means more than taking handouts or reporting what’s said in news releases. Good journalism rests on a set of principles. Solid stories require accurate information and balance in reporting it. Think about answering a story’s basic questions: who what when where why   HOW Then examine how the story happened. How do we …

How We Write

When you sit down to write make, sure that each sentence reflects what you mean. Use active verbs and write clear concise sentences that convey your ideas. Active Voice The subject comes first in an active sentence. Example An anonymous senior White House advisor wrote an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times and called …

How to Write a Pitch

How to Write a Pitch A pitch describes the story you want to tell. You need to write a short paragraph that gets attention and explains what you plan to do. So avoid writing, “I want to write about the Churro Lady,” because that’s not a story.  It’s a general idea. You want to look …

Ethics in Journalism

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What is ethics? Merriam Webster Definition of ethic 1 ethics plural in form but singular or plural in construction: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation 2 a: a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values Every good news organization has a handbook with a written policy or …

From ProPublica

Hi Barbara, It truly was a pleasure hosting your class! Their questions were so interesting and insightful. I hope the experience will help broaden their horizons as they continue pursuing journalism as a minor. Before I forget, here are those links I promised to send your way on our various student/recent grad opportunities: More information …

Visit to ProPublica

CCNY Introduction to Journalism students Fall 2019 with Pro Publica's Minhee Cho in the center. Professor Barbara Nevins Taylor far left. Students from left to right: Soreilly Sarante, Antonio di Caterina, Sanne Talmon, Jelsey Trochez, Natalia Gonzalez, Genesis Flores, Susan Thorson, Jonathan Olivares, Branden Harris, Elena Johnson, Emmanuel "Manny" Furman, Travis Edwards. Mushfiqa Andalib. Introduction …

President Trump’s Conversation with Ukraine’s President

MEMORANDUM OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATION SUBJECT: PARTICIPANTS: DATE, TIME AND PLACE: (C) Telephone Conversation with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine Pre·sident Zelenskyy of . Ukraine Notetakers: The White House Situation·Room July 25, 2019, 9:03 - 9:33 a.m. EDT Residence �f;Ctffi'fHOftC01q,JcfOfioru..- ·UNCLASSIFIED Declassified by order ofthe President' (S/NF) The President: Congratulations on a great victory. We all watched …

Coverage of the Democratic Presidential Debate

ABC News Democratic Debate. Houston, Texas. September 12, 2019     HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for …

Misinformation on Facebook and Social Media

Misinformation - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Misinformation noun false or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive."nuclear matters are often entangled in a web of secrecy and misinformation"synonyms:disinformation, false information, misleading information, deception; lie, fib, false rumor, trumped-up story, fake news, alternative fact, gossip, red herring, false trail;informalkidology; informalbum steer"a lot of misinformation was received in Moscow"Misinformation is false or inaccurate information. Examples of misinformation include false rumors, …

Breaking News / Straight News

Victim in Queens double homicide was wanted for questioning in gang-related killing the day of his death: sources By THOMAS TRACY and JOHN ANNESE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |AUG 27, 2019 | 7:46 PM Police investigate a double fatal shooting on 255th St. near 149th Drive in Queens on Aug. 26, 2019. (Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News A reputed Queens gang …

Feature Story

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/25/sports/baseball/vladimir-guerrero-jr-grandmother.html Altagracia Alvino prepared a stewed goat dish while her grandson, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., slept. CreditCreditTara Walton for The New York Times Abuela, Chef, Boss: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Grandmother Feeds the Majors For about two decades, Altagracia Alvino has lived with and cooked for her baseball-playing offspring — as well as their teammates and opponents. By James …