Alternative Story Forms

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Alternative Story Forms

  1. 1. Alternative Story Forms Michael Roberts, The Arizona Republic
  2. 2. Idea Report Organize Draft Revise Plan alternative story forms before reporting or writing!
  3. 3. Planning questions Can we show meaningful comparisons? Pro-con. High-low. Locations. Items. Services. Can we offer guidance or tips? Policies. Guidelines. Steps or methods. Can we break it down to provide more context? Numbers. History. Circumstances. Does the trend tell the story? Progress. Change. Growth. Decline.
  4. 4. Planning questions Can we show what words can’t easily explain? Maps. Diagrams. Floor plans. Formulas. Objects, forms, paperwork. Can we forecast or handicap an issue? Projections. What to watch. Timelines. Does the reader need the highlights? Short summary or important parts of a large body of information. Profile of a person, organization. Parts of a complicated issue.
  5. 5. Alternative story forms: Guides
  6. 6. Alternative forms: Words
  7. 7. Alternative forms: Words Lists Quiz Do’s & Don’ts Tips Pros & Cons Formatted profile Glossary Worksheets Q&A X Ways, X Reasons
  8. 8. Alternative forms: Templates
  9. 9. Alternative forms: Templates
  10. 10. Alternative forms: Templates
  11. 11. Exercise 1. Select story idea 2. Plan alternative presentation 3. Sketch your plan on paper to present

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