Writing a news story

News might be something you know is happening, something you’ve seen, or something your group is doing.

We may need to check the facts if the story is of a serious or controversial nature.

If you can take a photo of what you are writing about, this is the best way to show people what’s happening.

Try to answer the following in the first part of the story

  • What is the story about?

  • Who is involved?

  • What has happened?

  • Why did it happened?

  • Where did it happened?

  • When did it happen?

For example: In July the Council started work on a new playground in the Osgathorpe Park, after residents campaigned to have the old equipment replaced.

Then you can go on to give more details, it's good to include quotes from people to back up your story.

Using the example above you might say something about:

  • How long it took to get the Council to act

  • The kind of play equipment being put in

  • What age group its designed for

  • When it will be finished

You could include quotes from a resident who was part of the campaign and the Council.

You can find a good examples of a news story at the links below

Scouts brighten up Ellesmere

Record breaking Firs Hill

If you need any help writing a story, or you want to talk about it before getting started, contact Lisa Swift at the Messenger office on 242 0564

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