Journalism has become an important element of human existence and activities.
Journalists are always telling stories about one thing or the other.
But telling a news story requires proper structure and procedure.
Failing to structure your story well means setting up for failure.
Below are some tips to help you tell a news story:
- First establish your audience (Who is going to consume your material?)
- Give your story a focus and purpose (Just one unique and powerful focus is fine. What is your story about?)
- Don’t mix so many ideas in your story. (Avoid over loading of information for your story. Just one is enough.)
- Let your audience experience the story. (Take them along and let them feel what you felt. Let them experience what you experienced.)
- Let the audience connect emotionally to your story
- Use simple language to tell the story.
- Good stories should also motivate and inspire as well.
- Personalize the story so others can relate.
- You can ask for feedback from a colleague before publishing
These tips are from Isaac Kaledzi, an award winning African journalist.
In our next publication we will give your tips on other journalism skills to help you.