Hard news stories
Hard news stories are factual and answer the questions; who, what, where, when, why and how.
Hard news stories are written so that readers get the important information as quickly as possible.
The headline provides a brief summary of the story. Important facts are contained in the lead paragraph(s). Details are presented in descending order of importance in the remaining paragraphs.
Find a hard news story. Read it carefully.
Answer the following questions about your news story.
Who is the reporter?
What is the source of the story?
Other than those mentioned in the story, who does the story affect?
How do you think the reporter got the information needed to write the story?
Does the reporter tell both sides of the story? How?
Do you think the story is fair? Why?
Should the reporter do a follow up on the story? Why? Why not?
What is the best quote in the story? Why do you think so?
On the whole, how would you evaluate this story?
Make a chart like the one below. Complete your chart by showing where the information was found in the story.