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Navigate your way to great stories and photos with story planners

Navigate your way to great stories and photos with story planners

Learn how to plan, gather and structure a story for your newspaper, yearbook, website or newscast using a story planner for your photos and stories.
Rob Melton, Contributing Editor March 26, 2014

By Rob Melton It's all about the story, whether in words or photos. The trick is learning how to plan, gather and structure a story for your newspaper, yearbook, website or newscast. The purpose of...

A story well told about an inspiring teacher, his students, and his family

A story well told about an inspiring teacher, his students, and his family

Rob Melton, Editor August 8, 2013

By Rob Melton This New York Times video story reveals the power of personal stories. Jon Franklin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor, wrote about the process of finding the best character...

How to Tell a Story

How to Tell a Story

The Humorous Story an American Development.--Its Difference from Comic and Witty Stories.
Mark Twain a.k.a. Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), Writer and Humorist June 5, 2013

I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told, for I have been almost daily in the company of the most expert story-tellers for many years. There...

Get up to speed fast with online stylebook and staff manual

Wonder what the standards are for excellent publications? Trying to get from good to great? Need a quick, easy-to-use guide for your newspaper, yearbook, magazine or online web news page?
June 4, 2013

<strong>By Rob Melton</strong> The online News Writer's Handbook serves up publications rules and guidelines for news writers, editors, photographers and designers. It's also a great teaching...

42 tips, tricks, exercises from the pros on how to write a memorable narrative for your publication

42 tips, tricks, exercises from the pros on how to write a memorable narrative for your publication

Advice, Exercises and Readings For Writers By Writers
Rob Melton, Contributing Editor October 2, 2012

By Rob Melton Narrative is structured in the same way whether it is fiction or nonfiction. It uses all the devices of the narrative. Training young journalists in the art of reporting and interviewing...

A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset. (Photo and caption by Sean Heavey)

Follow these simple techniques to write the perfect caption every time to intrigue, inform readers

Readers look at a photograph first, then the caption under the photo. If the caption intrigues them by providing context and background information, readers will look back at the photograph and see something new. It's called the loop, and their next stop is the story.
Rob Melton, Contributing Editor September 30, 2012

By Rob Melton Notice what you just did? You looked at the featured photo, then you looked under the photo  for the words to help you understand what you just viewed. Then you looked back at the...

Mob reporting at major school events results in outstanding live coverage, application of social media

September 26, 2012

By Rob Melton Last week journalism teacher Tom Gayda's North Central Publications students (70 of them!) participated in their own reporting mob at their homecoming game. He got the idea after someone...

How to develop practical strategies for overcoming writing obstacles

Rob Melton, Contributing Editor August 23, 2012

In Roy Peter Clark's new book, “Help! For Writers” — with its new mobile app — he came up with something quite different to help writers overcome the obstacles they face: Getting Started; Getting...

Plan a makeover of your 'What I did during summer vacation' back-to-school feature before you leave

Plan a makeover of your ‘What I did during summer vacation’ back-to-school feature before you leave

July 9, 2012

Editor's Note: Every scholastic journalism program has done it: The Summer Vacation story. This year, turn that idea on its head. Let the students who stayed in town explain real life to those who were...

How to persuade others to your point of view

How to persuade others to your point of view

Express yourself and influence others to make the world a better place for all people. That's the goal of all good opinion writing.
Rob Melton, Contributing Editor March 19, 2012

By Rob Melton Express yourself and influence others to make the world a better place for all people. That's the goal of all good opinion writing. Expressing your opinion and changing others’ opinions...

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