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This lecture focuses the organization process in telling a news story.

This lecture focuses the organization process in telling a news story.

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    Organizing A News Story Organizing A News Story Presentation Transcript

    • Organizing a News Story
    • Inverted-Pyramid Style
      • The lead
      • The body of the story
      • The conclusion
    • When to Use Inverted-Pyramid
      • If your story demands that you get to the point ASAP
      • Breaking news stories frequently use the inverted-pyramid lead
    • Body of the Story
      • What comes after the summary lead in breaking news?
      • Present the news in order of descending importance
    • Body of the Story
      • After the lead, you introduce other important elements
        • Additional facts
        • Background
        • Quotes
        • Paraphrased information
        • Transitions
    • Prioritizing Paragraphs
      • Significant supporting facts placed in order of importance
      • Include strongest quotes higher than peripheral or paraphrased quotes
    • Organizing the Story
      • After your lead, you will need to add necessary background to the story
      • Is there important information that the reader needs to know from previous reporting?
        • Summarize key details so that the story makes sense to a new reader
    • Example
      • As summer vacation approaches, the West Los Angeles Police Department will implement extra security measures to combat problems with overcrowding and loitering in Westwood.
      • Beginning the first weekend in May, West LAPD will resume periodic curfew sweeps and mounted patrols, said Linda Arneal, coordinator of the Westwood Village Merchants Association.
      • Arneal added that officers on horseback are part of a special task force designed to increase security and ensure the safety of Westwood Village merchants and visitors.
    • Quotes vs. Paraphrasing
      • Direct quotes
        • Use if the statement is clear and does not need clarification
        • Use if it is particularly memorable or striking
        • Use if the person is well-known and it adds credibility to the story
    • Example
      • “ Westwood has become a beacon that attracts people who have nothing to do,” said Sgt. John Bradbury of the West Los Angeles Police Department. “Minors cause problems with overcrowding, drinking, drugs and fighting.”
    • Quotes vs. Paraphrasing
      • Paraphrasing
        • Use when statement is hard to understand or technical
        • Use when statement can be summarized better for the flow of your story
    • Example
      • Beginning the first weekend in May, West LAPD will resume periodic curfew sweeps and mounted patrols, said Linda Arneal, coordinator of the Westwood Village Merchants Association.
    • Hourglass Style
      • An alternative type of writing news
      • Begins with summary lead where main news is high in story
      • A few paragraphs later, the story contains a turn that transitions into a narrative style
    • Hourglass Style
      • A turn is a transitional paragraph that is used to tell the chronology of the story
        • Example:
          • “ Police gave this account of the latest domestic violence:”
          • “ According to police, eyewitnesses describe the event this way…”
    • After the Turn
      • The rest of the story is written in chronological order
      • The narrative may repeat some of the lead info, but it also expands it
    • Example of Hourglass Writing
      • Police today accused a handyman who once worked in the home of Elizabeth Smart with burglary and theft.
      •     The charges, filed against Richard Ricci, are not related to the disappearance of 14-year-old Elizabeth. On June 5, the teen was taken from her bedroom at gunpoint as her younger sister watched.
      •     Ricci is charged with one count of theft  for allegedly stealing $3,500 worth of items - jewelry, a perfume bottle and a wine glass filled with sea shells - from the Smart’s home in June 2001. The articles were found during a search of Ricci’s home last month, said police.
      •     Here is what happened.  the turn
      •     After Elizabeth disappeared last summer, the …