News Writing Fundamentals

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Keeping people informed is now a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week commitment.

Once limited by time zones and printing press schedules, news reporting has profoundly changed with the onset of digital communication. Most news outlets have switched to 24-hour news cycles to meet the growing need to deliver the most immediate and compelling news at every hour of every day. The thing is, news never sleeps.

By Wendy Bulawa Agudelo

Here’s how the newsroom works

Today’s news,
which may be yesterday’s anyway,
will be eclipsed tomorrow.

Graham Swift

But where does the news come from anyway? 

And what makes news news?


A little more on Newsworthiness

So check out here the first steps in structuring a story

and some more  info on  News Writing Fundamentals

and some tips on I n t r o – Wr i t i n g for Radio News Writing and Broadcasting


First, read this excellent guide to writing news and other story elements on the website Global Voices (you can also volunteer to contribute).

Story structure exercise

Find a simple press release and write a short news story (200-300 words) and a headline. Sources to try:

If you don’t finish your work in class time, please finish it at home and post it on your blog for next week.

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