THE ANGLE OF A STORY IS THE PARTICULAR ASPECT OR PARTICULAR CHARACTERISTIC OF AN EVENT THAT THE WRITER FOCUSES ON. THINK OF AN ANGLE AS ONE POSSIBLE MAIN IDEA.
- The possibility of arson
- Fire leads to spill and chemical contamination of the local river
- Firefighters risking their lives to battle the blaze.
- The miraculous survival of the church next door.
- The tragic loss of rare paintings in the fire
PART 2. Take your hard news story (or news report video) pulled from the web or paper.
- Open a word document and put your name on it.
- State the headline (in quotes) and news source (Jak. Post, CNN, Yahoo, etc)
- find the angle taken by the writer/reporter and state it in your own words (N,V, ADJ)
- Decide on other angles that could be taken and record them in complete sentences (N,V, ADJ). Attemp to find three or more original angles.
- Paste your word document into the comments section of this post. Use your real name when posting.
PART 3. HEADLINES. Headline are a key to news in print, digital or paper. They introduce the story and give a lot of info with just a few words. They hook a reader, they make the reader want more. The headline conveys the idea of the angle, but in a different format.
- Headlines use a minimum of articles (a, an, the), usually there are none.
- Headlines contain a strong active verb. Use present tense as much as possible even if the event has already happened. eg., “gunman shoots 5 in robbery”. If it is something that will happen later, use “to + (verb) eg., “President to Outlaw Private Gun Ownership, “Bali to Increase Tourism Safety.”
- Good rule to follow if in doubt = SUBJECT + VERB + OBJECT.
- Headlines contain no opinions.
- Numbers are not spelled out.
- For capitalization, treat headlines like titles (capitalize!)
- Alliteration encouraged. Alliteration is a series of repeated sounds, eg.; “President and Parliament Pledge to Provide for Poor”, or “Big Quake Shakes Asian States.”
- The Headline and angle of the original news story.
- The three new angles you found (in statement, not question form).
- An original headline for each angle.