BREAKING NEWS (What’s happening right now that demands attention?)

All breaking news follows the Inverted Pyramid. See how it works: https://sites.google.com/site/anytowncollegenewswriting/invertedpyramid

From narrative to news, learn how to shape your story here: http://www.thenewsmanual.net/Manuals%20Volume%201/volume1_03.htm

For an overview of the many facets of journalism, visit this site: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/news-writing-2316089

 

FEATURES (What ongoing stories contribute meaning to the community?)

Feature news follows the Pyramid. This site shows all five elements in order: http://journalism.about.com/od/writing/a/featurecomponents.htm

This site provides detailed Feature writing instruction and a template: http://stage6.pbworks.com/f/How+To+Write+A+Great+Feature+Article.pdf

 

OPINIONS (What issues exist and what perspectives are needed?)

The New York Times provides tips for Opinion writers: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/opinion/tips-for-aspiring-op-ed-writers.html

Duke University shares how to write effective Opinion pieces: https://commskit.duke.edu/writing-media/writing-effective-op-eds/

Here’s an Op Ed template from the California Medical Association you may use: https://championprovider.ucsf.edu/sites/champion.ucsf.edu/files/2017-09-28%20Op-ed%20template_Revised.pdf

Examples of Op Eds from the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times can be found here: https://guides.lib.montana.edu/c.php?g=198205&p=1302727

 

SPORTS (What’s happening with the teams and/or athletes that compete?)

The nuts and bolts of sports writing can be found right here: https://www.freelancewriting.com/freelancing/how-to-write-a-sports-report/

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT (What’s happening with expression in the community?)

Learn from A & E stories at The Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/news/types/arts-entertainment

Learn from A & E stories at The Boston Globe : https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts

Learn from A& E stories at the Los Angeles Times: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/

 

HUMANS OF GA (Whose unique story becomes universal in meaning?)

For excellent instruction for Humans of NY storytelling, go here: https://ideas.ted.com/the-art-of-storytelling-according-to-the-founders-of-storycorps-and-humans-of-new-york/

For Humans of New York story writing tips, check this out: https://storytelling.comnetwork.org/explore/127/5-storytelling-best-practices-at-the-heart-of-humans-of-new-york

Visit the Humans of New York website to experience the hearts of the whole: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

 

FURTHER READING

Here’s an entire chapter available for journalism enthusiasts: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0073526142/363043/Chapter3b.pdf

 

FURTHER VIEWING

The BBC reviews “the principles of good writing” in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdkbsl3YjHM

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