Writing

WRITING category of HDN posts & instruction

Surveys

Increase your story's FACT DENSITY easily! It's very simple: just use online survey services in Google - or a simple "clipboard survey" during your week. Then your story is connected with public opinions/perce... Read More...

The Dirty Dozen

This is a classic STORY structure. Use it.  Twelve elements structure a complete & organized story. The DD are most crucial in the news-oriented stories, but DD elements belong in all stories. Google Do... Read More...

News First!

For a good reporter's style, practice putting the News First! Do you want your story to sound like essay or journalism? It comes down often to your ORDER OF DICTION, meaning your order of words in the sentence... Read More...

The Nutgraf

So what is a Nutgraf? A nutgraf that is a NUTshell that explains how the story is newsworthy. Tell readers why your story matters in the larger context.    IRA GLASS "The writer must share with the... Read More...

WRITING YOUR LEAD

LEADS: Readers are the bees; your lead is the flower A LEAD is the "make it or break it" part of a story. It should be catchy enough to attract readers, memorable to elevate your story, and informational to ke... Read More...

Opinion Structure

The Opinion Story: A Classic Way to Structure It These basic elements create a sure-fire story that satisfies readers, permits plenty of editorializing, and scores well at contests. Vary the length of any of t... Read More...

Numbers

Learn to write with numbers. Learn to ask for numbers in interviews. Create number opportunities in your story. Numbers show whether you are getting the details of the story.    ... Read More...

Writing a review

How fun to pursue journalism written as REVIEW, where you help the audience know whether they should also experience it. Get out there, enjoy some entertainment or food, and give readers a sassy and factual r... Read More...

The Inverted Pyramid

This is a classic skill to show as a writer so that readers get the most important facts of your story early before they bounce. Nearly ALL journalism stories and headlines need you to prioritize the facts from... Read More...