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NEWS WRITING 101

WRITE THE RIGHT WAY

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WHAT IS NEWS?

Information about a break from the flow of events or an interruption from the unexpected

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WHAT IS NEWS?

Report of an event or idea containing timely information which has been accurately written

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WHAT IS NEWS? Hard News serious, timely Soft News human interest stories

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NEWS VALUES

Timeliness - immediacy of an event, important in determining the significance of a news article


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NEWS VALUES

Impact - relevance to a good number of people, the more people affected, the more important the story
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NEWS VALUES

Prominence -identifiability of names and institutions involved

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NEWS VALUES

Conflict - clash between people of institutions, attract readers

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NEWS VALUES

Human interest - stories that appeal to human emotions

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WHERE TO LOOK FOR NEWS

- Newspapers - Documents (bills, speeches) - Press conferences, interviews - Internet


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WRITING THE NEWS

THE INVERTED PYRAMID


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THE LEAD

- contains the MOST IMPORTANT facts of the story - usually the first sentence or paragraph
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THE LEAD

- contains the 5Ws and 1 H WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? HOW?
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THE LEAD
BATANGASOfficials declared a state of emergency in Talisay yesterday, where a 400-million fish kill crippled the business since May.
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THE LEAD Falling in love can be deadly.

Youre either with us, or against us. Have you paid your income tax?
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THE BODY

- details to what happened, who was involved, when and where it happened, causes and consequences of the event are presented
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THE BODY

You should SHOW, not tell. Be as brief as possible.

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THE ENDING

- kicker of the story


End story with a quote or a certain thought or with a question to make readers think
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COMPONENT OF A NEWS STORY

ACCURACY
PROPER ATTRIBUTION
FAIRNESS
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COMPONENT OF A NEWS STORY

BREVITY
FOCUS

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