Remember the 3 things you can always do to improve:
1. Write a new lede.
2. Reorganize the story.
3. Conduct new or follow-up interviews.
Some other (hopefully) useful tips:
*Transitions are needed.
*AP style counts.
*No opinion. Use detailed observations and provide proper context/background.
*Seriously, no opinion. (That includes summary grafs at story end)
*Keep sentences/grafs short and sweet.
*Quotes are great, but don’t overdo it.
*Follow the rules, from the header to the contact sheet.
*Look for repetition/redundancy in wording or ideas….and then cut all but the best example.
*Fact check. Name check. Fact and name check.