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Writing a News Report

How to proberly write a news report
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melissa bullen

on 17 January 2013

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Writing a News Report To start off, you have to first brainstorm from whats given.

For example: Parts of a News Report: Headline: The headline is the title of the article. It introduce the topic of the article and captures the readers' attention and interest. Lead Statement: The lead statement is the first paragraph that tells the reader a brief description of the article. Fact-Based Paragraphs: The remainder of the article consists of 3 short paragraphs that expand on the 5WH and includes quotations from 3 different people. Concluding Paragraph: Sums up the whole article to an ending. After brainstorming you can start to put a lead statement together using the headline and photo and your brainstorming ideas. Brainstorming! What - what happened? When - when did the most important event happen? Where - where did the most important event happen? How - how did it happen? Why - why did it happen? Photo Headline A news report is set up in 4 parts with a total of 5 paragraphs, each paragraph contains 2-3 sentences. The parts of a news report are:
-headline
-lead statement
-fact-based paragraphs
-concluding paragraph By the headline and photo that was provide or made up, you can start to answer the brainstorming questions... Be specific in your answers and ideas to make the news report more interesting and so it provides lots of facts for the readers. The lead statement is the first paragraph that summarizes the event, using who, what, when and where. Yesterday, Bradford region was shut down due to terrible snow storm. When What & why Who After completing your lead statement, its time to start on the 3 fact-based paragraphs. Rem,ember the following paragraphs have: Paragraph 1: Addresses the when, where and who. more specifically.

Paragraph 2: Addresses the photo, the how and the why. The first quotation of the news should also be in this paragraph.

Paragraph 3: Expands on the what and why. It should also have 2 quotations. The article has to consists of 3 quotations from different perspectives involved in the story from speakers who have a first and last name. For example a teacher, student, member or manager. Now Brainstorming for Quotations ! First & Last Name Provided Go ahead and start to plan out your first paragraph providing more detail to when, where and who. A good example is shown below. Yesterday, Bradford region was shut down due to terrible snow storm. A simple news report is set up in a design similar to what's shown below... Most important information (5w&h) Additional Information Lest important
information Headline Lead Body
(quotations) After completing your news report, the first thing you should do is a quick self assessment. This consists of 5-6 simple questions, some example questions are... Do I have a lead statement? Do I talk about the photo? Do I have at least 5 small paragraphs made up of 2-3 sentences? Is the news report written in 3rd person? Do I have a concluding paragraph? Do I have 3 quotations by 3 different perspectives? Do I develop the 5 W's in the article? After reviewing your news report and did a quick self assessment your news report is completed! On December 14, 2012,
local residents of the Bradford
Region was shut down from a brutal wind and snow storm. A total of 8 feet of snow was fallen causing the danger to the roads and unable to drive. First paragraph with 2 sentences.
It explains more on the when it happened, where and who it involved. Yesterday, Bradford region was shut down due to terrible snow storm. Or in some news reports the headline is not provided, which means you make up your own headline for the report. Make sure it answers the who and the what. Also try to make it interesting for your audiences For example if you have a picture like this one: A simple and interesting headline could be "Local Student Makes Major Discovery" * For the second paragraph remember to address the photo and explain the how and the why.

* The first quotation should be in this paragraph. On December 14, 2012,
local residents of the
Bradford Region was shut
down from a brutal wind and snow storm. A total of 8
feet of snow was fallen causing the danger to the roads
and unable to drive. Down on Barrie street, local residents went out and tried to clear their driveways. "It was just impossible to keep the walkways clear with all the snow coming." Said a local resident Bryan dell. The amount of snow and the pressure of the winds also causing power outage to the north side of town. First quotation The key points to follow and remember for a news report are: - use transition words between sentences
- do not include personal opinions
- never use "I" or "we" (unless in a quotation)
- never refer to people using only their first name
- use third person point of view to keep your report objective
- use short paragraphs and short sentences
- include specific details to make the report interesting
- provide facts about the event in an objective way
- remember to always stay on topic
- check grammar and spelling
- always indent at the beginning of each paragraph
- includes 3 quotations from 3 different perspectives Here is a good example of a lead, it tells the whole story but does not give too many details. Remember this is just a brief introduction. Finally, you finish your news report with a concluding paragraph. Yesterday, Bradford region was shut down due to terrible snow storm. On December 14, 2012,
local residents of the
Bradford Region was shut
down from a brutal wind and snow storm. A total of 8
feet of snow was fallen causing the danger to the roads
and unable to drive. Down on Barrie street, local residents went out and tried to clear their driveways. "It was just impossible to keep the walkways clear with all the snow coming." Said a local resident Bryan dell. The amount of snow and the pressure of the winds also causing power outage to the north side of town. The weather network wasn't right the first time, who knows what will come now." Said a local store manager Meagan mill. Bradford Region was not expecting such a brutal snow storm to come and they were defiantly not prepared for it due to little snow they got before. "It was like waking up in a new neighborhood!" exclaimed a local, Michelle Todd. Quotations included In this paragraph, you expand on the what and why. As well, you have to provided the last 2 quotations from different perspectives. Yesterday, Bradford region was shut down due to terrible snow storm. On December 14, 2012, local
residents of the Bradford
Region was shut
down from a brutal wind and snow storm. A total of 8 feet of snow was fallen causing the danger to the roads and unable to drive. Down on Barrie street, local residents went out and tried to clear their driveways. "It was just impossible to keep the walkways clear with all the snow coming." Said a local resident Bryan dell. The amount of snow and the pressure of the winds also causing power outage to the north side of town. The weather network wasn't right the first time, who knows what will come now." Said a local store manager Meagan mill. Bradford Region was not expecting such a brutal snow storm to come and they were defiantly not prepared for it due to little snow they got before. "It was like waking up in a new neighborhood!" exclaimed a local, Michelle Todd. After completing your first 2 fact-based paragraphs, its time to finish your third one. The storm is suppose to come to an end in a couple days. By the end they estimate a total of 15-18 feet of snow that has come. Example of an concluding paragraph. Where * for the concluding paragraph you have sum up the whole article to an ending and have the least important details here. Your News Report is Finished ! Purpose: A news report answers the who, what, where, why and how of a situation by giving the reader a detailed and unbiased account of what happened.
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