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Ch 6: Print Basics: Value Plus

News stories in print must use nuance and detail to add context. Print stories add context to make up for the lack of immediacy that broadcast can provide with sound and pictures.  Print stories use more background and quotes to add context.

Leads to print stories that tell the news are hard or direct leads. Leads that are more narrative and tell a story are soft or delayed leads.  Direct lead types: summary, umbrella, delayed identification. Narrative lead types: anecdotal, scene-setting, mystery.

The inverted pyramid is the most common story organization for news stories, putting the most important information first and funneling down from there.  Stories that use soft lead or narrative leads include a nut graph that encapsulates the focus of the story.

Print stories can include direct quotes, which contain the spoken words verbatim, partial quotes, which contain a key phrase verbatim, or paraphrases.
Knowledge of numbers comes in handy in adding detail to stories. Stories about polls, surveys, scientific studies and budgets involve some understanding of math.