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Story Structure

Here's a model we developed in class outlining the basic block structure of an AP-type, inverted pyramid story, the sort you'll see in any newspaper any day. Remember that this is only a model; you can vary from it when/if necessary.

 

LEDE: The who, what, when, where, why and how, as appropriate

 

SUPPORT THE LEDE: Some additional information that expands what's in the lede.

 

QUOTE: A quote that elaborates on the above.

 

NUT GRAF(S): What's it all mean. Why is this important. So what? May not always be necessary, especially in "briefs" -- short police, government meeting and similar stories.

 

TRANSITION: A sentence the moves the story forward, helping the reader get from the above to whatever follows. The classic transition is one that includes information from the section above and the section below.

 

BLOCK 1

Some stuff from a single source explaining some aspect of the story.

A quote about the stuff from that source.

 

TRANSITION TO BLOCK 2

 

BLOCK 2

Some stuff from a single source explaining some aspect of the story.

A quote about the stuff from that source.

 

TRANSITION TO BLOCK 3

 

BLOCK 4

Some stuff from a single source explaining some aspect of the story.

A quote about the stuff from that source.

 

ETC.

 

 

 

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