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Developing the Craft: Writing Tools

This section is designed to help journalists understand style and grammar, and to help find fresh story ideas.

Please let the Institute know about links that do not work, or about sources we should add. If a resource here helped you in covering a story, please let us know by emailing al.cross@uky.edu.


Guide to Grammar and Writing, http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
This guide has answers to lots of questions at kinds of levels (sentences, paragraphs, essays, powerpoints, etc.)

Webgrammar, http://www.webgrammar.com/
Webgrammar addresses questions on grammar, spelling, and typography.

EditTeach, http://www.editteach.org/
This site has a variety of editing resources for students, professors and professionals.


Handbook for Technical Writers, http://www.sti.nasa.gov/sp7084/contents.html
This handbook addresses style issues for those in technical reporting arena.


Topix.net, http://www.topix.net/
This site has news stories on 300,000-plus topics with article links, and is constantly updated.

Poynter Online, http://www.poynter.org/uncategorized/6404/resources-story-ideas-and-more/
This site has a list, compiled by Al Tompkins, of other websites that can spur story ideas.

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