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Preview o Planning precedes writing o Most news stories have a linear structure: Beginning includes summary of most important material Remainder amplifies, buttresses, gives examples, explains Remainder also contains background and secondary material The main idea o The basis of any story o Know what you want to say The structure o Have a plan in mind for story structure o No plans = muddled writing How to write/organize a story o Identify the focus of main idea from your notes o Locate the material that supports, explains, amplifies main idea o Organize secondary material in order of importance o Decide direct of delayed lead o Link separate elements with transitions o Read the completed copy to be sure you have: Buttressed, documented, explained the lead high Read the completed copy for accuracy, brevity, clarity Read the completed copy for grammar, style, word usage
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Unformatted text preview: o If steps 1 through indicate problems, rewrite • The single element story o Lead o Explanatory and amplifying material o Background (if necessary) o Secondary material (if any) • The inverted pyramid o Information they MUST have for your communication to be successful (top) o Additional information that is helpful but not critical (middle) o Be nice if they had it (end) Crucial info must go at the beginning (left side) They could stop reading at any time (right side) o The most basic, most used structure of a news story o Most important material at beginning; less important at the end o Catches readers who scan; entices audience to stay o Allows cuts at end of story o Meets needs of busy audience and media outlet o Also works with delayed lead...
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  • Fall '10
  • MelissaAlpers-Sprngers
  • secondary material, single element story

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