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  1. Breaking News News Writing and Reporting Workshop JMSC0002B Feb 25, 2002

  2. What is breaking news? • A drastic departure from routine • e.g. Accidents -- “Impacts” • e.g. Natural Disasters • e.g. Surprise announcements

  3. BC-NY--APNewsAlert, • NEW YORK _ Smoke poured out of an upper floor of a World Trade Center tower on Tuesday amid reports of a plane crashing there, police said.

  4. Where do you start? • Know where to collect information. • Get to the scene quickly • Work the phone • Your efforts to find, develop and maintain sources pay off.

  5. News Sense • Be curious. • Always remember the human element • Find your lead from • scarce information. • conflicting information.

  6. Keep Calm • Observations • Interviews • Be persistent • Be flexible

  7. Writing breaking news • Accuracy. • Precision and clarity • To minimize confusion • Weave in background