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Let ’ s talk about …. News Writing. By Jeanne Acton, UIL & ILPC Journalism Director Modified by Royal Orchard Grade 8 Teachers . News Writing …. gives the reader information that will impact them in some way. It usually flows from most important to least important.

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Let’s talk about …

News Writing

By Jeanne Acton, UIL & ILPC Journalism Director Modified by Royal Orchard Grade 8 Teachers

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News Writing …

gives the reader information that will impact them in some way. It usually flows from most important to least important.

It is sometimes called the inverted pyramid

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Inverted Pyramid

The Inverted Pyramid of news suggests that news be told in order of most interesting or important to least interesting or important

Most interesting or most important

Least interesting or least important

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Inverted Pyramid Example…

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

vs.

Jack suffered a skull fracture and Jill is in serious condition after the pair tumbled down a hill during their ritual water-carrying chores yesterday.

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Lead writing…

1. What happened and what will happen next?

2. Who was involved?

And then…

• When? • Where?

• How? • Why?

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Direct Quotes:

Should be linked to the transition/lead before them. The quote should elaborate on the transition.

For example:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will make a brief appearance at the high school Thursday after giving a speech at the County Expo Center.

“He is coming as a favor to me,” Principal Ike Sumter said. “We worked together in Chicago as community organizers. I hope he gets a chance to speak to some seniors about what they can do for their country.”

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Direct Quotes:

Should not repeat the transition/lead before them

For example:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will make a brief appearance at the high school Thursday after giving a speech at the County Expo Center.

“ After speaking at the Expo Center, the candidate will come to the high school for a short appearance,” Principal Ike Sumter said.

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Transitions

  • VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. Transitions hold the story togetherbecause they link the paragraphs together.

For example - FACT TRANSITION:

(lead) Republican presidential candidate John McCain will speak to seniors Friday about his experience as a prisoner of war.

(Direct Quote)“Seniors will learn a lot about duty and commitment when they hear Sen. McCain,” Principal Ike Sumter said. “We are so excited that he agreed to come.”(Fact Transition) During the Vietnam War, Sen. McCain was a prisoner of war for five years.

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Checklist for News Stories

  • Are the most important and recent facts first?
  • Is the story accurate? Are the sources identified fully?
  • Are the paragraphs short?
  • Is the sentence structure varied in the story?
  • Is the story neat and double-spaced so that it is easy to read?
  • Does your story flow? Did you use the transition/quote formula?
  • Did you use active voice?
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Common Mistakes to AVOID

  • Editorializing - Keep your opinion out of the story
  • Using first and second person - Keep yourself out of the story. Common error “our school”
  • Trying to use all of the information
  • Grammar and spelling errors
  • Paragraphs too long
  • Misspelling names in the story
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Your turn to begin…

News Writing

Remember you are writing three news articles that take place in 2029