Introduction to Journalism
Organizing the Feature Story
The intro should contain the most important elements of the story.
The four criteria for news, help to identify the stories key points.
1. Is it new?
2. Is it unusual?
3. Is it interesting or significant?
4. Is it about people?
All key points belong in the news story, but only the most newsworthy belong in the intro.
Writing the Story
A feature story is a creative, sometimes subjective article, primarily designed to entertain, educate or inform readers.
A well-written feature demands that the reader use precise detail and description.
A quote is the written form of the words which people have spoken.
One of the few places where a journalist can occasionally begin a story with a quote, is when writing features.
Get a second pair of eyes to check through the copy in order to spot any factual, grammatical or spelling mistakes.
Editorials offer opinions and views about events and their effect on people.
The editorial should arrive at a subjective viewpoint through objective research.
The lead indicates what is to come in the body of the editorial.
The body of an editorial represents the (essence) largest amount of information.
There are three conclusion types commonly used in editorials:
• Call for Action Conclusion
• Summary Conclusion
• Quotable Conclusion
An enterprising reporter might arrange to get an advance copy of the speech so he can be more aware of how the speech is delivered. Indeed, the reporter can write much of the story prior to the actual speech.
Reporters must be cautious, however, for the speaker who discards his speech for another, or for speakers who make important impromptu remarks during the course of their speeches.