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Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
Beyond inverted pyramid   clean slides
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An introduction to writing news that goes beyond the inverted pyramid structure. …

An introduction to writing news that goes beyond the inverted pyramid structure.
News is first and foremost an intellectual exercise; reviews news styles - narrative sentences; hourglass; the "DNA of documentary" (brief intro - see other presentations for more detail)

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  • 2011: Beyond the inverted pyramidThis revised lecture is based on a previous series on feature writing - 2010 Notes:Feature stories are not essays or editorials. This means that your ideas and opinions are not important to the story. Writing in the third person (keeping yourself out of the story), will help you maintain the necessary distance. In other words, features stories, while not news reporting, are still journalistic and should not be confused with creative writing or works of fiction.In news stories, you generally make your point, set the tone, and frame the issue in the first paragraph or two. In feature stories however, you can develop the theme of the story and postpone your point until the end, if that suits your style. Try to keep an open mind when interviewing your subjects and sources and avoid the tendency to impose your ideas on them, or try to steer the story. Avoid deciding on the theme of your story until you have gathered enough information that you feel comfortable deciding on a direction, or point of view. When interviewing or observing actions or activities, write down everything you encounter: emotions, passing thoughts or ideas, smells, noises, textures, everything you see including details in the surroundings. These will help bring life to your story.
  • Believe it or not I came up with this on Sunday 27 March, 2011 while revising these notes.If you want a reference, you could probably cite ‘Why I write’ (Orwell 1946).Orwell was not a newsman in any conventional sense, he was a columnist, reviewer, essayist and ‘talks’ producer at the BBC. His most journalistic work also never appeared in newspapers: The road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
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