Story Structure • Before you write, plan what you want to write • The process begins while you are reporting the story • In all writing, every sentence and every paragraph serves a purpose Two key questions to ask: •1. What do I want to say? •2. Where does it go? • Sort your answers into four categories, and these become the four sections of the story. The four sections of a basic news story • 1. The Lead • 2. The material that explains and amplifies the lead • 3. The background (if necessary) • 4. The less important material (if space permit). Single-element Story • The lead is the most important idea • The explanatory material builds on the lead. • The background gives readers the context and relevance of an event. • The less important material adds details that readers may be interested in, but do not need to understand the story. Single-element, with themes • 1. The lead-most important idea. • 2. Explanatory material- builds on lead. • 3. Introducing of lesser ideas. • 4. Background (if any, if necessary) • 5. More elaboration of lead and lesser ideas. • 6. Secondary material (if any) Multiple-element Story • 1. Lead. Idea A; Idea B. • 2. Explanatory material. Elaboration of Idea A and Idea B • 3. Introduction of lesser ideas. • 4. Background (if necessary) • 5. Further elaboration of big ideas and lesser ideas • 6. Secondary material (if space permits) • LONDON — In the end, Friday’s wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton may not have ushered in a new dawn for the frayed royal family or brought a renewed era of optimism to a country beset by financial woes, as some predicted in the overheated countdown to the big day. • But it proved that the British still know how to combine pageantry, solemnity and romance (and wild hats) better than anyone else in the world. • It was an impeccably choreographed occasion of high pomp and heartfelt emotion, of ancient customs weaked by modern developments. • Viewing estimates for the ceremony, at 11 a.m. British time on the dot, hovered in the three billion range, give or take 500 million. Australians held bouquetthrowing competitions; people in Hong Kong wore Kate and William masks; • New Yorkers rose by dawn to watch the entrance of guests like Victoria Beckham, teetering pregnantly in sky-high Christian Louboutin heels, Guy Ritchie, the former Mr. Madonna, and assorted monarchs from European countries that are no longer monarchies, like Bulgaria. • In London, the Metropolitan Police said, a million people lined the route of the royal procession, and half a million gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the bride and groom, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, kiss (twice) on the palace balcony. • People paid attention almost despite themselves.