SUPPLEMENT 3: Focusing the news story

Unit 1 Section 1

Goals for this week:

When you finish this section, you will understand:

  • the importance of selecting an appropriate focus for a news story

and you will have learned:

  • how to use the focus method to write news stories.

What you will do this week:

Step 1: Observe Step 2: Read Step 3: Reflect Step 4: Practice Step 5: Compare Step 6: Apply

Find a recent copy of your local paper. How well focused are the stories? Find several stories that are not well focused and identify where the focus should be.

Investigate how you focus a news story.

Rich Ch. 1-3

What key questions and issues help define good news reporting and writing?

For example:

"What makes something newsworthy?"

"What is the step-by-step process of finding the focus of a story?"

Test your news story focusing method.

Focusing the story

How to do a story strategy

Write a pitch for Story #1

What you should have in your portfolio by the end of this week:

Projects (including process steps and instructor comments):

  1. Pitch for Story#1


  1. Strategy for story on WJU smoking policy