'As well as guides on how to report courts and councils, Newspaper Journalism offers tips on how to write both news stories and features and how to make and keep contacts. The tips are packed with real life examples from journalists working on provincial newspapers. A worthwhile read - and not just for the latest newshound to join the press pack' - www.HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk'This is lucid, lean and up-to-date introduction to newspaper journalism and how to do it' - Jane Taylor, The Surrey Institute of Art and DesignA practical introduction to journalism, and the broader context in which journalists operate, Newspaper Journalism covers the key elements and distinctive features that constitute good newspaper journalism. Engagingly written, the book is also a rich resource of real life examples, anecdotes, case studies and exercises.Susan Pape and Susan Featherstone have drawn on their considerable experience to provide a solid grounding in the principles and practice of newspaper journalism. The resulting book recognises the needs of the profession and those seeking to enter it.

Writing News
Writing news

But Eeyore was saying to himself, This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Overrated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.'

A. A.Milne, Winnie the Pooh (2000: 144)

This chapter:

  • examines the structure and content of news stories
  • explains the important elements of writing news
  • discusses the principles of ‘KISS and tell’, all the ‘Ws’ and the ‘inverted triangle’
  • examines what to include in a news story and what to leave out
  • explains pegs and angles
  • looks at different types of intros
  • discusses chronology and when to use it
  • looks at quotes and how and when to use them.

To write a news story effectively and well takes skill. There are some journalists who are blessed with an innate sense of how news should be written, but there are many more who ...

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