Print Classes

WRITING FOR NEWSPAPERS

Early newspaper style. Structuring the news.  Stripped down prose.  The electronic revolution.  Interpretative news.  The electronic newsroom.

WRITING THE LEAD

Lead Structure.  Lead language.  Other considerations in lead writing:  attribution and identification.  Memorable leads.

DEVELOPING THE STORY

Secondary leads.  The fractured paragraph:  keywo0rds, transitional devices, pronoun references.  Information weaving.  Ending the story.

THE ELEMENTS OF NEWS STYLE

Choosing the right word.  Writing good sentences:  sentence style, sentence criteria.

THE SPOKEN WORD IN PRINT

To quote or not to quote:  direct quotes, paraphrase, accuracy.  The mechanics of quoting:  attribution, partial quotes, substitutes for “said.”

VARIETIES OF THE BASIC STRUCTURE

The multi-element story.  The “hourglass” structure.  The speech story:  the advance text, note taking, speech story structure.  The meeting story.  The obituary.

NEWS IN CONTEXT

making connections.  Providing context.  Localizing news.  Using background.  Developing news.

FEATURIZING THE NEWS

Traditional alternatives:  page brighteners or brights, sidebars.  Contemporary alternatives:  the new graphics, featurized news, weekly feature styles.

WRITING THE FEATURE STORY

Feature techniques.  Feature development.  Forms of the feature:  the news feature, human-interest stories, personal profiles, narratives.

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