Week 7: Story writing, fact checking, editing

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Photo: “The Detective” by paurian is licensed under CC BY 2.0


First another quick news quiz

Story writing

As journalists, you are telling stories. We’ve covered the inverted pyramid in class before, but other elements of story writing to consider are:

    • Including an angle in your headline and lead
    • Using concise sentences
    • Incorporating quotes
    • Using research
    • Avoiding jargon

Here are some slides on:

Fact checking

As a journalist, you are paid to seek the truth and report it. Fact checking is one way to do this.

In the US, they have dedicated fact checkers. Shattered Glass is based on a true story about a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Here’s a checklist for fact checking.


Editing is when information is verified and corrected before it is published or broadcast.

Editorial positions in news organisations include:

    • Editors-in-chief
    • Editorial assistants
    • Sub editors (also known as a copy editor)
    • Editors in specialised fields

Editors not only edit for style, but also proofread and make sure a publication is not liable for defamation etc

Writers do not need to be editors, and many aren’t. They often require different skills and personalities.


Complete a draft of Assessment 1, and ask a classmate to read it to get feedback.

Submit your draft to Google Drive.

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