New Media Birmingham Week 8: Writing the Story (Part 1)

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SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A STORY? (PART 1)

I. INTRODUCTION

YOU KNOW AS MUCH — AND CAN EXPRESS IT AS CLEARLY — AS ANYONE

BUT HOW DO YOU GET TO THAT POINT?

II. THE STEPS

A. OWN THE STORY — GET THE GROUNDING FOR YOUR SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS

1. SOURCES
2. SCOPE
3. CONTEXT
4. COMPREHENSION

B. THE HOOK — WHAT IS YOUR CENTRAL POINT?

C. THE PITCH — WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

D. THE STRUCTURE — HOW DO YOU TAKE THE READER THROUGH THE STORY AND/OR THE ANALYSIS?

III. EXAMPLE: TRUMP AND GUN CONTROL

IV. CASE STUDY: 2018 ELECTIONS — FROM REPORTING TO ANALYSIS

A. OWN IT

www.fivethirtyeight.com
www.realclearpolitics.com
http://www.nytimes.com/
Social Media Sites

B. THE HOOK — The Fight for Control

C. THE PITCH — From Super Tuesday to November

D. THE CONTEXT

E. THE STRUCTURE
V. CASE STUDY: TRUMP AS PERFORMANCE ARTIST

VI. CASE STUDY: SYRIA

A. OWN IT — GET THE BASICS

BUILD A BASE — https://eaworldview/topics/syria

B. FIND THE HOOK — ONGOING CONFLICT, FRAGMENTED SYRIA

C. THE PITCH — WHY THERE WILL BE NO RESOLUTION

D. THE STRUCTURE

VI. CASE STUDY: IRAN’S ECONOMY

A. OWN IT

twitter.com/khamenei
www.presstv.com
www.irna.ir/en (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
en.radiofarda.com

BASE: https://eaworldview/topics/iran

B. THE HOOK — Iran is in Economic Trouble

C. THE PITCH — How Economy is Reshaping Geopolitics and Nuclear Deal

D. THE STRUCTURE

VII. CONCLUSION — Go Out and Test Yourself

From Idea to Structure to Execution: Do It in a Page, Paragraph, Sentence

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