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.