Writing Basic News 102

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Now, use your material to formulate something like this (two paragraphs):

thespeaker.coWhen you have finished, you will have completed the most important part of your article. Anyone reading what you have written will know right away what your news is about and where the news came from. Remember, in standard news the most important information is presented up front–there is no holding back for dramatic or artistic purposes.

In general, original quotes should be attributed to “The Speaker” or “this journalist.” That way, it is clear to other news organizations reading the article that they must give credit to The Speaker or the journalist. Sometimes, a name is not available, or a position is more appropriate than a title. For example, “…the director of the Siem Reap branch of the Cambodian Water Project, Walt Whitman, told The Speaker,” or “…a local source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Speaker,” or “…a friend of the victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Speaker.”

 

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