Junior Journos Lesson 3 (Atfal Trainee Scheme)

This week we will go through one basic story structure in which news can be written by journalists. (It isn’t the only one, but its got some easy rules for beginners). 

Plagiarism is not permitted
This is copy-pasting someone else’s work and presenting it as your own

Rules of Storytelling
Always remember, it’s all about the STORY
As journalists, our job is to tell true stories. 
Do not write ‘articles’ or ‘essays’, write STORIES. 
Six key questions every News story must answer

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and WhenAnd How and Where and Who.– by Rudyard Kipling

Remember, you don’t have to tell stories in chronological order
One common way to present news stories is by putting the most important and interesting newsworthy information at the beginning and then going through and giving the rest of the facts in the order of their importance. So in a football match report if it is presented in chronological order you would only mention the result at the very end. But if it is presented in this news style, you would mention the result at the beginning and then give the less important details of the match later. 

This news style can be represented by an upside-down (or inverted) pyramid:

  • Write another 100-200 words on a subject of your choice
  • Use the rules you learnt in Lesson 1, the formatting and presentation you learnt in Lesson 2 AND write in the News style we learnt today
  • SEND TO: the online ID Portal setup by Atfal UK
  • Make sure you clearly include your name and ID Code in the email
  • DEADLINE: 6pm on Tuesday
  • The best article will be published on the Tahir Magazine website
02nd May 2020