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Alternative story forms


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Alternative story forms for newspaper design.

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Alternative story forms

  1. 1. ❯❯ TIME-SAVING STORY FORMS 15 ways to grab readers’ attention and save yourself time. By Nathan Groepper & Jon Benedict
  2. 2. ❯❯ YOU’RE ON THE CLOCK The typical reader gives us 28 minutes a day. Your story is one of about 80 in the Register today. That means you only get a few seconds — if you’re lucky. How do you get more time? How do you get their attention? You need to be creative ... fast-paced ... funny ... informative. Here are 15 ways to grab readers.
  3. 3. ❯❯ Q & A 1. An edited interview presented in question and response format. This allows an authority or celebrity to speak in his or her own words. 2. Breaks down a complicated issue by answering questions readers may have.
  4. 4. ❯❯ KEY PLAYERS Short biographies of the people directly involved with a story. This story form is best when paired with mug shots.
  5. 5. ❯❯ QUICK PROFILE A profile on a person or organization broken down into short bits. This could be written by the person him/herself.
  6. 6. ❯❯ EXPLAINER PHOTO Illustration that breaks down the information contained in an photo. This form often includes portrait photos.
  7. 7. ❯❯ LISTS Items arranged in meaningful ways. This can include Top 10, checklists, commandments, things you don’t know about..., In/Out, Best/Worse and many more.
  8. 8. ❯❯ INSTANT EXPERT A quick guide to a person, issue, activity, or product.
  9. 9. ❯❯ HOW TO Graphics, photos and text that breaks down a complicated activity. This includes specific directions on how to complete a task.
  10. 10. ❯❯ PANEL A group of reporters, experts or readers giving their opinions and responses about a specific subject.
  11. 11. ❯❯ CHARTICLE Combinations of images and text that take the place of a full article. This form works best when comparing different responses to the same criteria.
  12. 12. ❯❯ QUIZ Questions to test readers’ knowledge of a person, product, topic or activity.
  13. 13. ❯❯ STORY SO FAR Items arranged chronologically that bring the readers up to speed quickly on a story or issue. This form works best with ongoing stories.
  14. 14. ❯❯ ODDS An opinion piece that predicts the odds of something happening.
  15. 15. ❯❯ INTEREST CHART An opinion piece that illustrates reader interest in an event.
  16. 16. ❯❯ PHOTO STORY Narratives presented only through photography and cutlines.
  17. 17. ❯❯ GLOSSARY Definitions of key terms or jargon in a complicated story.