Exercises on News Writing

Exercise 1: Evaluating Good and Bad Leads

Exercise 2: Writing Leads

Exercise 3: Writing Basic News Leads

Exercise 4: Writing Basic Leads for Campus Stories

Exercise 5: City, State and National Leads

Multiple Choice Quiz

Alternative Leads

Exercise 1: Evaluating Alternative Leads

Exercise 2: Writing Alternative Leads

Exercise 3: Writing Alternative Leads

Multiple Choice Quiz

The Body of a News Story

Exercise 1: Transitions

Exercise 2: Second Paragraphs

Exercise 3: Writing Complete News Stories

Exercise 4: Writing Complete News Stories

Exercise 5: Writing Complete Stories

Exercise 6: Reporting Controversial Stories(Quoting Opposing Viewpoints)

Multiple Choice Quiz

— From Reporting for the Media, 10th Edition, Oxford University Press.

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