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The Building Blocks of a Strong Story

For aspiring writers looking to make a name for themselves in the journalism world, the quality of your stories will directly determine your success. We’ve put together a short list of journalism “building blocks” that fortify a strong story. Click the images for more information!

Channel the issue that gets your blood boiling, and become the expert:


“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.”  - Benjamin Franklin


Put in the time with your opening line. It may be your only chance with a reader:


“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”


Find out what information should always be front and center:


“If you build it, they will come.”


Avoid bias –especially your own– like the plague: 


“A journal should be neither an echo nor a pander.”  - George William Curtis


Facts change minds; pursue them relentlessly: 


“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has all the evidence. It biases the judgement.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Don’t underestimate the power of a low word count: 



Inhale. Exhale. You don’t have to share everything in one breath: 


“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” – Herbert A. Simon


People pick their news by headlines. Make yours competitive: 


“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” - David Ogilvy


Getting started is the hardest part. Don’t be a victim: 



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Jackie Moreau

Jackie Moreau is Managing Editor of Watchdog Wire.

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