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Police Stories

Crime and accidents are the fodder for countless newspaper stories and a good way to learn about story structure.

 

Beginning reporters often end up covering a lot of cop stories because they tend to be both compact and straightforward. They're a great way to learn how to write on deadline, a great way to get to know a coverage area and a great way to develop sources.

 

Remember, too, that readers like these stories a lot. Folks want to know what's going on in their neighborhood, they want to know the reason they spent an hour stuck in traffic on I-95 and they love stories about the strange and the heroic.

 

And, truth be told, they love hearing about the misfortunes of others, if only in gratitude that they didn't suffer the same misfortune.

 

Readings: Chapters 13 and 14 in the text, Sam Freedman's thoughts on structuring stories;and as many local police stories as you can find.

 

Real-Life Police Stories: Click here to see some police stories from local papers.

 

Assignment: Click here for information on two police incidents, one in note form, the other in a police report. Write brief stories from each, two in all.

 

 

 

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