How? Find the news What would you tell your friends? Think about the headline
Focus on the news – an example The City Council met Friday and unanimously approved six new ordinances.…One of the ordinances bans smoking within 15 feet of public buildings. The City Council voted unanimously Friday to ban smoking near public buildings.…The smoking ordinance was one of six approved during the meeting. Others included: Boring Interesting
A method Outline your 5Ws Rank them Fit what you can in the lede Finish in the nut graf
No. 1 Could you have written this story last week? Or before the event? If so, rethink.
No. 2 Is this a story or information? If it is, then make it a story. Find the narrative. Is this one story or two?
No. 2 The Baytown Dogs defeated the Bayside Cats 35-5 on Saturday night. Scruff McGruff put up 30 points Saturday night leading the Baytown Dogs to a 35-5 win over the Bayside Cats. Information Story
No. 3 Where is the conflict? Who are the winners and losers? Your story should include both
No. 4 Who stands to gain from this? Follow the money. Do the math.
No. 5 What’s going on in the background? Don’t forget the affected