Anna McKane's News Writing is a pioneering book dealing exclusively with the all-important craft of writing news stories. The ability to write a good news story is the starting point for all young journalists' careers.

The book deals fully with all aspects of writing news, including how to write a good intro, or first paragraph; how to order the information and assemble a winning story; and what language to use. It provides a step-by-step guide to constructing a story, with good and bad examples, and a detailed analysis of style, language, and grammar. There are checklists to help inexperienced writers to measure their work.

The book is written in a clear and practical way and provides guidance for students and trainee journalists to enable them to write everything from a snappy short agency-style news story to a more reflective piece appropriate for a quirky news item. It will be invaluable for trainee and student journalists at every level from first year undergraduate to graduate courses. It is also likely to be of benefit to the many amateur journalists writing local or society newsletters.

Other News Writing Models for Intros

Other News Writing Models for Intros

Other news writing models for intros

The more dramatic, tragic or newsworthy a story is, the better it is to stick to the classic inverted pyramid approach described earlier in Chapter 4. Any other model is always going to seem slightly feature-like, and very often slightly jokey. Often of course this is fine, and there are many cases where the whole point of the story is to tell it in a rather relaxed way. This approach is especially good for amusing human interest or quirky stories.

Drop Intro, Delayed Drop

Some different ways of starting a news story have been given slightly odd names by older hacks, though perhaps younger reporters do not use such expressions as those above. These two terms ...

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