The first paragraph started it off with the very personal story of a man stabbing a woman and then having troubles in prison. The reporter, Pam Belluck, then switched gears very quickly. Just in the second paragraph, she wrote, “Despite that, he has recently been entrusted with an extraordinary responsibility.” The nut graph appears in the fifth paragraph. Do you think Belluck introduced it in the best way possible? I think it was well done, but we all have our own favorite writing techniques, of course.
We talked last week about “jargony,” as Clay called it, a technique used to advance an issue. Do you think the reporter used that method for this story? Do you think this story has a broad appeal? Did it start off that way, or did the reporter introduce the newsworthiness later on?
It’s obviously important for reporters to provide a fair and balanced account of the issues they are reporting on. I think Belluck did a good job of leaving out her opinions and providing enough appropriate sources. Would you agree?
I recommend also watching the video after reading it!
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