Newspaper article formatting and reminder!

Some important points to consider when writing your newspaper articles (whether you have chosen to interview a sitting member of parliament or a community issue for Task 3) is that you clearly format your work in the appropriate style.

Hard news stories contain…

  • Inverted pyramid structure; 5 Ws and H (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) in lead, other details in descending order of importance
  • Adheres to accepted grammatical conventions
  • Objective, facts-only reporting
  • Purpose is to inform

Feature articles also…

  • Personal writing style
  • Adheres to accepted grammatical conventions
  • Reporting of facts, with interpretations often included; result of extensive research; longer than hard news story
  • Purpose is to inform and explain

 

Another way to look at what you should prioritise in your article is the inverted pyramid for news writing.

news_writing_inverted_pyramid

 

Also just a friendly reminder to remember to hand up your drafts of either your interview with a sitting member of parliament or community investigation today for me to look at otherwise I won’t be able to get them back for you until next term!

Teacher presents for extensions are still not accepted!

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