Constructive feedback exercise DO

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Use the 5ws (who, where, what, why, when) in opening of story, ideally first one or two paragraphs

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Ensure intros are max 30 words broadsheet, 20 words tabloid

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Ensure the story centres on the most up-to-date developments e.g. Boyzone singer Stephen Gately has been found dead...A post-mortem is to be held... Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died of natural causes

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Use the present tense used where possible. Avoid ‘was’ in the intro. Instead use ‘is’ ‘has been’ or ‘will be.’

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Explore ‘how’ and ‘why’ in the development of the story (after the 5ws)

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Use ‘active’ language. Focus on the person/thing at the centre of the action, rather than the action itself , especially in the intro...this is SO important for getting intros right.

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Use descriptions and titles e.g. A teenager was attacked, a vicar was left for dead...

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Use quote at least one case study and expert in a news story

DON’T

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Use ‘there was’ or ‘there is’ in the intro of a news story.

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Use ‘label intros’ i.e. ‘A meeting was held’, ‘a speech was given’

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Start news stories with numerals e.g. 400 people were killed...approximate instead ‘More than 400 people were killed...’

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Use long quotes in news story

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