M s. Gokturk
Checklist for News Stories
_______ Does the story have a catchy headline that informs the reader what the story is about?
_______ Does the headline contain a verb and subject? (In other words, is there an action that happened to someone or something?)
_______ Does the story begin with the news story lead?
______ Is the news lead organized from most important to least important?
_______ Does the story go from most important to the least important? (Inverted Pyramid Format)
_______ Does each paragraph develop a detail?
_______ Have quotes been used or paraphrased?
_______ Are the paragraphs no longer than 60 words?
_______ Is the whole story less than approximately 600 words?
_______ Is the story written objectively (no bias)?
_______ Is the use of the personal pronoun eliminated? (No "I" or "we")
_______ Is the writing concise, omitting all padding (extra words)?
_______ Is the spelling and punctuation correct?
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