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The Basics of News Writing

Here's where you learn to write news stories using the inverted pyramid, the five Ws and the H and Associated Press style. You'll learn to construct a good lede and to write quickly on tight deadlines. You'll also learn about the differences between writing for newspapers, TV, radio and the web.

Fifteen Newswriting Rules for Journalism Students
Fifteen Newswriting Rules for Journalism Students

Newswriting Exercises
Looking for a way to hone your newswriting skills anytme, anywhere? Try these newswriting exercises. Each exercise provides a scenario with a set of facts, and it's up to you to produce a story. To get the maximum benefit, force yourself to do these on a tight deadline (each exercise has a suggested time limit.)

Want to Learn to Write News Stories? Just Follow the Format
Journalism, Newswriting Format, Learning the Newswriting Format

In Journalism, Simple Writing is the Goal
Simple Writing

Five Tips for Writing News Ledes That are Not too Long, Not too Short
Five Tips for Writing News Ledes That are Not too Long, Not too Short

Structuring News Stories
Here's what you need to know to put together a basic news story.

For Writing Tight, Use The Subject-Verb-Object Formula
For Writing Tight, Use The Subject-Verb-Object Formula

When Writing News Stories, Forget About Chronology
When Writing News Stories, Forget About Chronology

To Write a Great Lede, Focus on What's Interesting
To Write a Great Lede, Focus on What's Interesting

Six Tips for Covering Light Public Events
Six Tips for Covering Light Public Events

Journalism Students Must Learn to Keep Pace With the Speed of Modern Newsrooms
Journalism students must keep pace with the speed of 21st-century newsrooms

Writing Ledes
Write a lede that will grab your readers' attention

Five Steps To Writing a Great Lede
So you've done a ton of reporting and dug up a great story. But all your work will be wasted if you write a boring lede that won't grab your readers' attention. Follow these tips and you'll be writing knock-their-socks-off ledes that will leave your readers wanting more.

What Comes After the Lede?
What Comes After the Lede?

The Newswriting Format in a Nutshell
The Basics of Writing a News Story

Writing Ledes - What To Put In And What To Leave Out
Don't Clutter It Up With Too Many Details

Writing Ledes - Emphasize What's Newsworthy
Emphasize What Makes the Story Unique

Keep Your Writing Tight
Newswriting, Writing Tight, Keep Your Writing Tight

How to Avoid Burying the Lede of Your News Story
How to Avoid Burying the Lde of Your News Story

Keep it Short, Sweet And To The Point
Convey Lots of Information, Using As Few Words As Possible

Use Subject-Verb-Object in Your Writing
Subject-Verb-Object

Subject-Verb-Object Exercises
Newswriting, Subject-Verb-Object Exercises

In the Newsroom, Writing Fast is as Important as Writing Well
Newswriting - Writing Fast - How to Write News Stories Quickly

Adding Context To a Lede
Give The Lede Some Perspective

When Writing a Lede, Listen to Your Gut
Focus on What's Really Interesting About a Story

Attribution In News Stories
How To Attribute The Information In In News Stories

In Newswriting, the Goal is Simplicity
When writing a news story, always remember who your readers are. And if your readers are the general public - which includes everyone from the fifth-grader to the rocket scientist - then your writing should strive for simplicity, clarity and brevity. Say what you have to say in simple, clear terms, with as few words as possible.

Keep Euphemisms Out of Your News Stories
Keep Euphemisms Out of Your News Stories

Cut the Jargon Out of Your News Stories
Jargon - How to Cut Jargon From News Stories

Jargon-Cutting Exercises

Long, Complex Words vs. Shorter, Simpler Ones
Complex words vs. simple words

Exercises in Cutting Unnecessary Words
Newswriting, Copy editing - Exercises in Cutting Unnecessary Words

Six Tips To Improve Your Newswriting
So you've done a ton of reporting and dug up a great story. But all your work will be wasted if you write a boring article that no one will read. Follow these tips and you'll be writing news stories that will get your readers' attention and never let go!

Writing for the Web
Keep it Short and Don't Forget to Highlight

Eight Things You Learned in English Class That You Need to Forget
The Stuff That Just Won't Work When Writing the News

Tips For Basic Broadcast Newswriting
Keep It Short And Simple

Use Verbs & Adjectives Wisely
Strong Verbs Are Great - But Easy on the Adjectives

Five Tips for Producing Great News Features
Get Real People, and Stats as Well

Ledes That Come in a Flash of Inspiration
That "Aha" Moment When a Story's Lede Suddenly Falls Into Place

Write Great Headlines
Keep 'em Short, Accurate and Avoid Bad Breaks

Writing About Disasters
Keep It Simple and Let The Story Tell Itself

Six Tips for Writing About Live Events
Newswriting, Journalism - Tips for Writing Live Events

Obit Writing is About Finding Good Stories in Everyone's Life
Obit Writing is About Finding Good Stories in Everyone's Life

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