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The Newsroom

A guide to writing for print and online media

News media is changing, and it is changing quickly. What remains constant is the set of skills a good journalist needs: thinking critically, asking good questions, editing thoroughly and, most importantly, writing well. The Newsroom guides students through the process of writing in four different styles for both print and the web: writing news articles, features, sports articles and reviews.

Ages: 13-15 | Pages: 60 | Code: 5735 | ISBN: 9781927221129

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Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson is a Canadian teacher and freelance writer who is currently based in New Zealand. She teaches English and history at the secondary school level, and initiated the media studies programme at Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka, New Zealand. Over the past 15 years, her articles, columns and reviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites based in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.


Section 1: Exploring the news5
What is news?5
Newspapers then and now6
It's a world-wide web7
Fact vs opinion8
Grammar guide10
Section 2: Just the facts – news writing12
What's the story?12
The inverted pyramid14
Style: Keep it simple!15
Nothing but the truth16
Write a news story!17
Template: Writing news and sports articles18
Grammar guide19
Section 3: Getting creative – feature writing21
Feature focused21
What's it all about? Choosing a topic22
Leading the way22
Write a feature24
Template: Writing feature articles26
Grammar guide27
Section 4: In your opinion – review writing30
What do you think?30
Writing a film review31
Be a film critic32
Template: Writing film reviews33
Grammar guide34
Section 5: Kicking goals – sports writing38
Good sports writing 38 Action verbs39
Be a sports reporter40
Grammar guide43
Section 6: Final touches – headlines, standfirsts and links46
Hitting the headlines46
Making links51
Grammar guide52
Section 7: Getting published54
Get printed54
Writer's guidelines54
Making contact55
Selected activity answers58