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After reading Chapter 3, you should know and understand:

  • the journalist's responsibility to be objective, truthful, and fair;
  • the five news reporting essentials: who, what, when, where, and why (the Five W's);
  • how to structure a story using the inverted pyramid format so the key facts come first;
  • how to write a basic news lead and a variety of other kinds of leads so your opening paragraphs work in the most informative and appealing way;
  • how to structure and shape the body of your story, from beginning to middle to end;
  • what you need to consider when you rewrite;
  • what your editor needs and wants from you;
  • what it takes to meet a news deadline, and its importance; and
  • what the AP Style is all about, and why it is important.

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