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Lynn Eaton writes regularly for the BMJ and has worked as a news reporter at the UK broad sheets the Sunday Times and the Independent, among others. She explains how to write an effective news story
You know how to structure an essay--beginning, middle, and end. You also know how to write up a scientific paper--introduction, method, results, and conclusion. But how on earth do you write a 300 word news story?
The biggest danger is you may try to turn it into a piece of purple prose. Do not even think about it: save that for your novel--or leave it to the well established columnists. The important thing with news is to get your message across fast and accurately. That means getting straight to the point; using language which your audience finds easy to understand; and checking (and double checking) your facts, spelling, and grammar.
Most journalists will have spent at least 10 weeks on a full time postgraduate course learning the ropes, so do not expect perfection overnight. But here are five tips to get you started.
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