In my first ever production class I learnt about a various amount of things. The overall topic was how to write news. I found this very helpful as we were taught tips and tricks on how to write a good news story. Firstly, we learnt about the 5 w’s. These are something you have to follow to create a good news story. The 5 w’s consist of

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why

The next thing we had to do was work in group and read two news articles from the The Metro. Whilst reading these we had to keep a eye out for when the writer answered the five W’s.

The first news story was Stressival.

Who was it about? Ben Hyland-Ward

What was it about? He received death threats after letting hundreds of music fans down.

Where? Isle of white.

When? The weekend.

why? he sold up to £150,000 worth of tickets to teenagers at half price and on the day of the festival, he didn’t turn up with the tickets.

The next news story that we read was Mayday! Mayday!

Who? Chris Henkey.

What? He saved 172 lives

Where? Las  Vegas.

When? Tuesday.

Why? The jets left engine burst into flames.

Doing this taught us that it is really important to have the W questions answered quite early on in a news article so that the public will carry on reading it. If questions that they want answers for aren’t answered quickly, they probably wont read on.

The next thing we did was read different news stories, we then had to pick out the most interesting piece of information that would be used at the start of the news story to grab the attention of others.  We then talked about  this in our groups.

We then went on to play ‘spot the intro’ within another news article, but one that was made up. We then went ahead and made our own intro.

My introductions is below. 

Craftspeople in Sheffield receive strange request to create a coffin type bed from vampire couple.

Workers at AG bed makers were left shocked when they received this particular request. The vampire couple fulfilled their dreams of having a coffin like bed made for them after saving up £2,000.

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