Presentation on theme: "Chapter 2. Finding the Focus Information is everywhere ▪ News stories are developed around one main point ▪ Readers want to know the point of the."— Presentation transcript:
Finding the Focus Information is everywhere ▪ News stories are developed around one main point ▪ Readers want to know the point of the story quickly ▪ Headline ▪ Lead ▪ 1 st 2-3 paragraphs
?’s to help find the focus ▪ What’s the story about? ▪ How are the readers or viewers affected? ▪ How would you tell the story to a friend? These questions will help identify the focus/angle
Nut Graph 1-2 sentences used to identify the focus ▪ Not needed if focus is in the lead
Basic questions News stories answer the 5 W’s Which are…..? All day coverage in broadcast & online ▪ Have led editors to explore another question ▪ Anybody want to guess what it is…?
SO WHAT??? What is the significance to readers? How can you make readers care? Write a vivid & compelling story ▪ Put the reader there ▪ Make them “see” the story
Elements of the Basic News Story Include ▪ The Headline Plus Three general parts ▪ A beginning– The “Lead” ▪ A middle – The “Body” ▪ An ending Inverted Pyramid Writing
The Headline Left-handers have shorter life span, research shows The Lead Left-handed people don’t live as long as right-handers, according to research by a professor at California State University, San Bernardino.
Body/Middle Provides support for lead ▪ Facts ▪ Statistics ▪ Quotes ▪ Background ▪ Details ▪ Fairness & Accuracy ▪ (For controversial/two sided issues)
Endings Common types of endings ▪ Future Action ▪ Statement/Quote that summarizes previous info ▪ (Should not repeat it) ▪ More elaboration
Visuals Crucial to news presentations in print & online ▪ Photographs ▪ Charts ▪ Graphic illustrations ▪ Highlight/Fact box ▪ Pull quotes ▪ Link Link