Writing a basic news story
You must drill these into your brain and they must become second nature.
It is a matter of judgement. A poorly written intro might confuse, mislead or simply bore the reader - a well-written intro will encourage the reader to stay with you on the strength of the information and angle you have started with.
Examples of short newspaper articles
Anything readers do not understand makes them feel left out rather than included and turns them against the story. What's the difference between these two sentences? Remove unnecessary words, passive verbs, repetition, cliche, jargon and pompous or pretentious expression. Answer those questions in your lede, and you're covering all the bases. Officialese Language used in letters from bank managers, council officers, utilities and read from their notebooks by police officers giving evidence in court should always be avoided. The Basic Story Outline The best way to structure a newspaper article is to first write an outline. Again, think in broad brushstrokes: Give the major points of the story, but leave the smaller details for later. But the great thing about news writing is that it follows a basic format. Even when information from a source is not used in a direct quote and is paraphrased instead, it still must be attributed to that source. Read examples of news and feature articles from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. We may regard it as shorthand to speed communication because we share the understanding of what it means, but, whether intentional or not, it is a protective shield that excludes those not in the know. Clearly the deaths need explaining if possible, as does the damage to people's homes. Those in the know understand; the rest do not.
We could tell it chronologically - that means in the time order in which the events happened. Don't Get Flowery Keep your sentences and paragraphs short. You can assume more knowledge if you are writing for a specialist publication, or a specialist section of a newspaper.
Remove unnecessary words, passive verbs, repetition, cliche, jargon and pompous or pretentious expression. The same principle can apply to any type of medium. Here's how you can tell the difference between a news story and a feature story.
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