The three act structure

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Most stories follow a 3-Act structure. Certainly most movies. This was first defined by Syd Field in the mid-’70s in his book Screenplay. It has been repeated, refined, and built upon in hundreds of books since. But the basic idea goes back as far as Aristotle, who in his Poetics defined stories as having a Beginning, Middle and End that are causally related.

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Interviewing part 1

Any questions? Photo: vercasmickova/CC/deviantart
Any questions? Photo: vercasmickova/CC/deviantart

TOPIC: Getting the information you need via interview, and a practice session vox popping on campus.

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The people formerly known as the audience

Who's your audience? Photo: davidrbanta/deviantart
Who’s your audience? Photo: davidrbanta/CC/deviantart

The audience is an important determinant of news – it’s logical that news of interest to some people isn’t to others. Journalists need to know what their audiences want and need to know.

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