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Title: Inverted Pyramid


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Inverted Pyramid
  • Putting First things First

2
The Inverted Pyramid
  • The easiest way to write news is to use the
    Inverted Pyramid Format.

3
Put First things First
  • The Inverted pyramid puts the most important
    information in the story first.
  • Why?
  • Most Important
  • Least Important

4
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  • It began during the Civil War because of the
    telegraph.
  • We still use the Inverted pyramid today because
    people get bored easily.
  • Main Idea If you stop reading after one
    sentence, at least it was the most important
    sentence.

5
Part By Part
  • All News Stories can be broken down into three
    parts The LEAD, QUOTES and TRANSITIONS.

Lead
Quote
Transition
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Leads
  • The Lead is the first paragraph of the story. It
    has to perform one of two possible jobs.
  • It can inform.
  • It can interest.

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Quotes
  • These come from your interviews.
  • Quotes let your source tell the story. You are
    not an expert on the topic.
  • You should reflect all of your sources with your
    quotes.
  • Quotes give your story evidence.

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Transitions
  • This is where you get to write.
  • Journalism uses simple words.
  • Transitional paragraphs are usually 1-3
    sentences.
  • Transitions help move your reader through the
    story, from quote to quote.

9
Part By Part
  • If you use the Inverted Pyramid correctly, you
    just put together your Leads Quotes and
    Transitions until you run out of information.

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Part By Part
  • In this example, then, your most important quote,
    or your quote that backs up your lead would be
    Q1. Your next most important quote would be Q2
    and so on.

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Oops!
  • If you learn to use the Inverted Pyramid well,
    you may notice that youre writing a paper your
    English teacher might not like!
  • Why?

12
English V. Journalism
  • Use an introduction, body and conclusion.
  • Use 5-7 sentence paragraphs.
  • Use vocab
  • words.
  • Use a lead, body and no conclusion.
  • Use 1-3 sentence
    paragraphs.
  • Use simple
    words.
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