59% of Americans get daily news from online and offline sources 33% of cell phone users access news on mobile phone.
Most common story structures created for print media… changing due to smart phones and tablets TYPES Inverted Pyramid The Wall Street Journal Formula Hourglass Structure List Technique Question/Answer Format Sections Technique
Most basic form for print, online and broadcast Give the outcome in the lead Most important information first Consider affect on the reader/viewer See Star Tribune DUI Dad story
Starts with a soft lead, focusing on a person, scene or event Can be anecdotal or narrative Go from specific to general Nut graph illustrates main point of story through affect on person or impact on scene Versatile or adaptive formula
Soft Lead Nut Graph Backup for lead and nut graph Supporting points: quotes, facts, anecdotes Developments: cause/efect, explanations, points of view Circle kicker
Starts like an inverted pyramid – most important hard news information first – then… Chronological storytelling for rest of story Illustrates dramatic action best Used often for broadcast news
Used most often for fact-heavy stories or stories with numerous statistics Stories about studies or government Works well for online or mobile media because story can be scanned quickly FORM Summary lead Nut graph Backup / quote Itemize main points
Versatile format Used often in news releases, features and profiles Example: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/15/showbiz/tv/home land-series-creator
Technique to divide a story into sections, like book chapters Used most often in long-format stories In-depth investigations Extensive features Must have good lead and good ending Organize sections by: Time Event Point of View Sources
#1, p. 191 Use the information provided and organize using the inverted pyramid
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