1. Based on your interviews and research, make a list of your 5Ws and 1H:
- Who? (Who is the subject of your story? Who is affected/involved?)
- What? (What is happening? What is the issue?)
- Where? (Where does it take place?)
- When? (When does it take place?)
- Why? (Why is it happening? Why do people care?)
- How? (How is it happening? How is it affecting others?)
[Any question you can't answer, you should be able to answer from your research or interviews; follow up if necessary]
2. Bold the most interesting fact of your 5Ws and 1 H. Use this fact to start writing a lead paragraph for your article. You have 5 minutes to write. (See lead writing presentation for examples of how to lead into your story. Your lead can be anywhere from one sentence to one paragraph long).
3. Next, share your lead with the person to your right via GoogleDrive. In your GoogleDoc, click on "Share", then type in your right-hand partner's gmail or granitesd address. They have 5 minutes to improve your lead before they, again, share your now improved lead with the person to their right. This person will take another 5 minutes to edit and revise this lead.
4. How to structure a news article: Inside Reporting p. 49+50.
5. Use the Inverted Pyramid model to outline your article. In bullet points, start with the most important fact, going down to the least important one. Include quotes in your outline.
6. Begin writing your article. Make sure your interviews have been transcribed and you have pieces of your two online sources you are using.
- Length: 400-500 words
- must include 3 in-person interviews
- must include 2 secondary (online) sources
- must be factual, without reporter's opinion (opinion of sources are okay); must treat the subject in depth and fair and balanced
- no opinionated language or "I" or "you" statements, stick to the third person
- "Format quotes correctly," said English teacher Mx. Floch.
- include headlines and bylines (your full name)
Submit the following, all in one document:
- 5 Ws 1H (bold most interesting one)
- Your lead (with your partner's feedback)
- Inverted Pyramid outline
- Start Rough Draft