Writing a News Story

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Most people will have noticed that a newspaper tends to tell a story quite differently than a book or film. The reason for this is that newspapers are entirely a different genre of writing. Whereas a narrative story like a book or movie will start small and work its way up to a climax, newspaper readers need to get right to the point. The news story therefore starts with the main action and works down to the details and related materials.

You’ll Need:

·                                Writing implements

·                                Paper


Encapsulate the story in just a few words, the first part of the story is called the HEADLINE. It should. Decide what happened and try and describe it in a couple of strong words, for example, “WE WON!” might be the headline starting a story on the local football team winning the flag.


The next paragraph in slightly larger font than the rest of the story is called the LEAD. This paragraph should contain more details of the story but not the nitty gritty yet. If you are doing the story of how we won you might simply tell of a few of the star players winning moves. The news genre or type of writing can be illustrated diagrammatically thus:


In the third paragraph you can start to put in details of the actual game and how it was a good exciting spectacle or how the referees got some decisions wrong but in spite of this the home team saw it through. You can provide details now of actual plays that the players completed successfully or not to win the game.


In the fourth paragraph you can describe the flow of the game and perhaps refer to the season record and some background information. Mention the supporters and crowds at the game, the stadium and extraneous details that make the story interesting but are not directly related to the game that day. Finish the story by giving all the details related to the story.


·                                 Select your words well

·                                 Make it an informative article.

·                                 Spell check it

·                                 Resist the temptation to embellish the story, stick to the facts.


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