Using Quotations

February 27, 2012 | 365 Comments

Journalists must provide information to a wide audience, while continuing to be coherent and interesting. To effectively do this, journalists utilize different writing styles—the inverted-pyramid, the hourglass, the focus, and the narrative—depending on the story. While introductory students are commonly taught to rely on the inverted pyramid, as it allows them to decipher between what […]

Writing the Body

February 19, 2012 | 46 Comments

Journalists must provide information to a wide audience, while continuing to be coherent and interesting. To effectively do this, journalists utilize different writing styles—the inverted-pyramid, the hourglass, the focus, and the narrative—depending on the story. While introductory students are commonly taught to rely on the inverted pyramid, as it allows them to decipher between what […]

The Lead

February 12, 2012 | 87 Comments

Journalists have the daunting task of capturing readers’ attention, while maintaining credibility. To effectively do this, journalists present the most interesting and newsworthy aspects of the story in the first paragraph or two, which is commonly referred to as “the lead” (Bender et al. 148). A well-written lead presents the central point of the article, […]

Reporting Simply

February 5, 2012 | 31 Comments

Thomas Jefferson, a founding father, believed newspapers were a vital aspect of democracy—he even considered them potentially more important than democracy itself. He did specify, however, that every man “must be capable of reading them”. With that being said, journalists have the very difficult job of making complex news stories comprehendible for a wide audience, […]