The Body of a News Story - College of Charleston

The Body of a News Story - College of Charleston

The Body of a News Story Chapter 9 Storytelling Styles Organizing the Story (Four Styles) Inverted pyramidsummary lead then information in descending order of importance (dates back to the American Civil War)

Hour glass stylestarts with inverted pyramid, then has the turn which moves story into a chronological conclusion Focus stylebegins with a lead that focuses on a specific individual, situation or anecdote and uses that to illustrate a larger problem. AKA personalizing or humanizing, or the diamond effect Narrative stylestoryteller writes as a playwright or novelist would, depicting people interacting with other people and within their surroundings. This technique requires more than just interviewing sources, recording quotes and reporting numbers. It requires observation. Using Transitions This

chapter also goes into the importance of second paragraphs and transitions that need to help move along the story Transitions help stories move from one fact to the next in a smooth logical order Think of the story as a train the engine is the lead, and each car that follows is a paragraph. The couplings that hold the paragraphs together are transitions Words help readers move from one idea to the next: meantime, also, instead, etc. Transition Sentences Transitional

sentences link paragraphs that contain diverse ideas The transition sentences, like lead sentences, should do more than report that another idea was introduced or discussed (label leads) They should instead present some interesting details about the new topic so readers will want to finish the story A good transitional sentence often serves the same purposes as a lead, summarizing the topic it introduces and revealing what was said or done about it

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