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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:

BeUnique

“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:

ReelEmIn2

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

 

Find out what information should always be front and center:

BuyingLede2

“If you build it, they will come.”

 

Avoid bias –especially your own– like the plague: 

BalancingAct

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

 

Facts change minds; pursue them relentlessly: 

Sourcing

“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: 

WriteTight

 

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

NewsSeries

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

 

People pick their news by headlines. Make yours competitive: 

bow

“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: 

JustDoIt

 

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Jackie Moreau

Jackie Moreau is the Managing Editor of Watchdog Wire. You can find her on Twitter as @Jackie_Moreau.

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