How to Write News
                     Ansel Oliver, Adventist News Network
                           http://news.adventi...
Practice.



Thursday, June 18, 2009
What Reporters Do


                  • Our job as church
                          reporters is to build
                ...
We communicate so
                     we can build trust.



Thursday, June 18, 2009
An organization
                   is a group of
             real, authentic people.


Thursday, June 18, 2009
How do we report?



Thursday, June 18, 2009
How do we report?


                  • Share information
                          quickly and in an
                    ...
share the most interesting piece
                       of information first.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Quickly Answer:
                  • Who?
                  • What?
                  • When?
                  • Where?
  ...
Quickly Answer:

                  • Who? Jim & Jane
                  • What? Kissing
                  • When? Today, a ...
“Jim and Jane were seen kissing behind the gym today,
        suggesting the two new freshman students are now dating.”


...
“Jim and Jane were seen kissing behind the gym today,
        suggesting the two new freshman students are now dating.”


...
“Jim and Jane were seen kissing behind the gym today,
        suggesting the two new freshman students are now dating.”


...
We’ve Answered:
                  • Who?
                  • What?
                  • When?
                  • Where?
  ...
Story Formula



Thursday, June 18, 2009
climax

                          body

           intro                                         end


                   ...
climax




                          A news story starts at climax.




Thursday, June 18, 2009
rose from the dead




                          body of the story




baby born in Bethlehem                             ...
rose from the dead




                     “A man rose from the dead after being crucified three days ago,
               ...
Your Turn.



Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Get used to being edited.




Thursday, June 18, 2009
Your Turn
                           (again).



Thursday, June 18, 2009
A top national military officer
              was cured of leprosy yesterday
              after washing in the Jordan Rive...
A top national military officer
              was cured of leprosy yesterday
              after washing in the Jordan Rive...
Your Formula:


                  • First Paragraph: One sentence,
                          summarizes the story
        ...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
“?”
      Why a quote?
         A quote placed
      every few paragraphs
      moves the story along.




Thursday, June ...
"I wasn't going to waver from my faith,"
     Daniel said. "I didn't care what anyone
            threatened to do to me."...
"I wasn't going to waver from my faith,"
     Daniel said. "I didn't care what anyone
            threatened to do to me."...
"This just proves that his God is the
                          most powerful God in the universe,"
                      ...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Inverted Pyramid


                  • Retains important
                          information when
                      ...
How long should
                          a paragraph be?


                  • 1-3 sentences
                  • less is ...
The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted
        to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist
        students...
The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted
        to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist
        students...
The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted
        to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist
        students...
The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted
        to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist
        students...
Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling
          in public school for two years now.




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Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling
          in public school for two years now.
             She is bullied by...
Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling
          in public school for two years now.
             She is bullied by...
Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling
          in public school for two years now.
             She is bullied by...
Kenya defeated Germany in yesterday's
       regional football championship off a last-minute
       goal from forward Ben...
Ben Mwansa didn't think he would be able to walk this year
          without limping.

             An off-season foot inj...
Ben Mwansa didn't think he would be able to walk this year
          without limping.

             An off-season foot inj...
Hard Lead



                  • Inverted Pyramid




Thursday, June 18, 2009
Soft Lead



                  • Soft lead using
                          Inverted Pyramid




Thursday, June 18, 2009
An important point...



Thursday, June 18, 2009
How long should
                   your news story be?



Thursday, June 18, 2009
adventistnews@gc.adventist.org




Thursday, June 18, 2009
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  1. 1. How to Write News Ansel Oliver, Adventist News Network http://news.adventist.org Thursday, June 18, 2009
  2. 2. Practice. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  3. 3. What Reporters Do • Our job as church reporters is to build trust with people. • We build trust by sharing accurate information. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  4. 4. We communicate so we can build trust. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  5. 5. An organization is a group of real, authentic people. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  6. 6. How do we report? Thursday, June 18, 2009
  7. 7. How do we report? • Share information quickly and in an interesting way. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  8. 8. share the most interesting piece of information first. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  9. 9. Quickly Answer: • Who? • What? • When? • Where? • Why • How? Thursday, June 18, 2009
  10. 10. Quickly Answer: • Who? Jim & Jane • What? Kissing • When? Today, a few minutes ago • Where? Behind the gym • Why? You know... Thursday, June 18, 2009
  11. 11. “Jim and Jane were seen kissing behind the gym today, suggesting the two new freshman students are now dating.” Thursday, June 18, 2009
  12. 12. “Jim and Jane were seen kissing behind the gym today, suggesting the two new freshman students are now dating.” Thursday, June 18, 2009
  13. 13. “Jim and Jane were seen kissing behind the gym today, suggesting the two new freshman students are now dating.” Thursday, June 18, 2009
  14. 14. We’ve Answered: • Who? • What? • When? • Where? • Why • How? Thursday, June 18, 2009
  15. 15. Story Formula Thursday, June 18, 2009
  16. 16. climax body intro end how stories usually progress Thursday, June 18, 2009
  17. 17. climax A news story starts at climax. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  18. 18. rose from the dead body of the story baby born in Bethlehem gospel commission how stories usually progress Thursday, June 18, 2009
  19. 19. rose from the dead “A man rose from the dead after being crucified three days ago, giving strong credence to his claim of being the Messiah.” Thursday, June 18, 2009
  20. 20. Your Turn. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  21. 21. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  22. 22. Get used to being edited. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  23. 23. Your Turn (again). Thursday, June 18, 2009
  24. 24. A top national military officer was cured of leprosy yesterday after washing in the Jordan River seven times upon advice from a prophet and encouragement from his own servant girl. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  25. 25. A top national military officer was cured of leprosy yesterday after washing in the Jordan River seven times upon advice from a prophet and encouragement from his own servant girl. General Naman, who had been suffering from the disease for… Thursday, June 18, 2009
  26. 26. Your Formula: • First Paragraph: One sentence, summarizes the story • Second Paragraph: Gives main person’s name, more specific information Thursday, June 18, 2009
  27. 27. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  28. 28. “?” Why a quote? A quote placed every few paragraphs moves the story along. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  29. 29. "I wasn't going to waver from my faith," Daniel said. "I didn't care what anyone threatened to do to me." Thursday, June 18, 2009
  30. 30. "I wasn't going to waver from my faith," Daniel said. "I didn't care what anyone threatened to do to me." "This just proves that his God is the most powerful God in the universe," King Darius said. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  31. 31. "This just proves that his God is the most powerful God in the universe," King Darius said. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  32. 32. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  33. 33. Inverted Pyramid • Retains important information when trimming a story to fit a certain space. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  34. 34. How long should a paragraph be? • 1-3 sentences • less is better Thursday, June 18, 2009
  35. 35. The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist students currently enrolled in a troubled public school. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  36. 36. The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist students currently enrolled in a troubled public school. Board members voted 9-2 to approve $600,000 over the next two years to fund construction of the school on church property. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  37. 37. The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist students currently enrolled in a troubled public school. Board members voted 9-2 to approve $600,000 over the next two years to fund construction of the school on church property. "I'm glad we have the resources and vision to invest in our kids," said board chair Bob Smith. "This is something we have needed for a long time." Thursday, June 18, 2009
  38. 38. The Davis Adventist Church board last night voted to build a school that will serve 200 Adventist students currently enrolled in a troubled public school. Board members voted 9-2 to approve $600,000 over the next two years to fund construction of the school on church property. "I'm glad we have the resources and vision to invest in our kids," said board chair Bob Smith. "This is something we have needed for a long time." Thursday, June 18, 2009
  39. 39. Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling in public school for two years now. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  40. 40. Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling in public school for two years now. She is bullied by other students, and her parents think her teachers are just giving most students good grades whether they work hard or not. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  41. 41. Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling in public school for two years now. She is bullied by other students, and her parents think her teachers are just giving most students good grades whether they work hard or not. "My parents want to send me to another school, but there just isn't another option," Jones said. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  42. 42. Nine-year-old Sally Jones has been struggling in public school for two years now. She is bullied by other students, and her parents think her teachers are just giving most students good grades whether they work hard or not. "My parents want to send me to another school, but there just isn't another option," Jones said. Davis Adventist Church board members hope Jones and some 200 other Adventist students currently struggling in public schools will be served with a new Adventist school approved in last night's meeting. In a 9-2 vote, the board approved $600,000 for a school scheduled for completion in two years. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  43. 43. Kenya defeated Germany in yesterday's regional football championship off a last-minute goal from forward Ben Mwansa. Thursday, June 18, 2009
  44. 44. Ben Mwansa didn't think he would be able to walk this year without limping. An off-season foot injury kept him from practicing with the national team for three months. But his work ethic with physical therapy propelled him from the disabled list to starting forward halfway through the season. That work paid off for Mwansa and team Kenya yesterday as they defeated Germany with a kick off that once-injured foot for a last-minute goal to win the match 3-2. "My foot actually still hurts, but I don't care," Mwansa said in the locker room after the game. "I wanted to be there for my team." Thursday, June 18, 2009
  45. 45. Ben Mwansa didn't think he would be able to walk this year without limping. An off-season foot injury kept him from practicing with the national team for three months. But his work ethic with physical therapy propelled him from the disabled list to starting forward halfway through the season. That work paid off for Mwansa and team Kenya yesterday as they defeated Germany with a kick off that once-injured foot for a last-minute goal to win the match 3-2. "My foot actually still hurts, but I don't care," Mwansa said in the locker room after the game. "I wanted to be there for my team." Thursday, June 18, 2009
  46. 46. Hard Lead • Inverted Pyramid Thursday, June 18, 2009
  47. 47. Soft Lead • Soft lead using Inverted Pyramid Thursday, June 18, 2009
  48. 48. An important point... Thursday, June 18, 2009
  49. 49. How long should your news story be? Thursday, June 18, 2009
  50. 50. adventistnews@gc.adventist.org Thursday, June 18, 2009
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