Journalist’s Guides and Resources

The Ohio Newspaper Association is proud to offer a variety of online guides and resources on topics that journalists at our member newspapers deal with on a day-to-day basis. A list of all current guides and resources is below.

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A journalist’s guide to interacting with children

Pride Parade - The Columbus Dispatch, Jenna Watson

View the resource. | Jenna Watson/The Columbus Dispatch

Reporters and photographers cover both difficult and wonderful situations, and sometimes there are kids involved. Two young journalists offer their insight when interviewing or photographing children. At some point or another almost every journalists will have to interview or photograph children. Here are some tips to keep in mind when covering minors.


Simple Photography Tips Every Journalist Should Know

View the resource. | Seth Staskey/The Times Leader (Martins Ferry)

View the resource. | Seth Staskey/The Times Leader (Martins Ferry)

More often reporters are being sent to a story with not only a notebook and pen but also a camera. Instead of sending along photographers to capture a story, the extra responsibility is being placed on the reporters. A few ONA members share some guidance for any reporter who is handed a camera. Use these tips to get started capturing some great photos.


Lightning Photography: A Case Study

View the resource. | Bruce Bishop/The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria)

View the resource. | Bruce Bishop/The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria)

Bruce Bishop, chief photographer at Elyria’s The Chronicle-Telegram, not only chases storms but also photographs lightning during those storms. Enjoy a small glimpse into what he does, including his tips for how to get started shooting lightning yourself.


How to Photograph a Front-Page Worthy Storm Photo: A Journalist’s Guide

View the guide. | Sam Greene/The Morning Journal (Lorain)

View the guide. | Sam Greene/The Morning Journal (Lorain)

Summer storms can affect your readers significantly. But how do you convey that impact with a photo above-the-fold? A handful of Ohio newspaper photographers are here to help.


Live-Tweeting in Sports: What Reporters are Doing

View the resource. | Sara Tobias/The Newark Advocate

View the resource. | Sara Tobias/The Newark Advocate

When fall sports teams start hitting the practice fields, sports reporters begin gearing up for another season of coverage. For some, this includes live-tweeting. So take a look at how several of Ohio’s newspaper journalists are using Twitter in their coverage.


How to Photograph a Fire: A Journalist’s Guide

View the guide. | Brent Lewis/The Chillicothe Gazette

View the guide. | Brent Lewis/The Chillicothe Gazette

Not sure what to do when your editor sends you to a fire scene and tells you to take a camera? From ONA, here is what you need to know the next time you’re sent to tell the story of a fire through photographs.


Prepping for Parade Season: Tips for Great Parade Photography

View the resource. | Bill Lackey/Springfield News-Sun

View the resource. | Bill Lackey/Springfield News-Sun

Summer is the season for barbecues, fireworks and lots and lots of parades. Photographers around Ohio share some secrets to getting that touching or funny parade photo.