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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
- By: Lynn Eaton
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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