If you need are writing a news report, you need to concentrate on the four important parets of a new story - the news, context, impact and emotion. The way you combine these four elements will determine the success of your news story.
Readers need to know the facts and who or what may be affected by them. Related stories and background information make up the context and the emotional parts of the story show the human side of it.
Following are tips on writing a compelling and gripping news report.
The lead is the first few sentences of the story. It needs to be strong so it will grab the readers and make them want to read more.
Leads need to tell the reader what the story is about and why it is important. The lead tells the reader why he should read the story. It needs to sound like you are having a conversation; that you are telling a friend about the latest news.
Some errors that are found in leads include the lead having more than one main idea. When this happens, the reader is unclear as to what the story is about.
Lastly, leads can exclude certain readers if they are full of jargon. Make sure the news report is suitable for everyone to read.
Here are a few additional tips for writing that apply to writing in general. These will help your writing be clearer and easier to understand.
Words should not be too long or complicated. A news story is not the place to try and impress people with your intelligence or your command of the English language. Pick your words carefully so they are concise and you will use fewer words overall.
Make sure your sentences are under 25 words and contain only one idea. Use a simple subject verb object form and don’t use too many commas.
Paragraphs need to say something new and, like sentences, be short and to the point. Never put more than three prepositional phrases into one sentence and never put more than three numbers in one sentence.