First, Schwartz identifies the women in the lead as representatives of a larger group: Rookie reporters can use the nut graf form to good effect, too. Make up your mind what the story is about and why people should read it -- and then type that conclusion in one or two sentences.
The nut graf has several purposes: Never give away the ending of the story. It avoids a common flaw: The last sentence provides a transition to the next section. The Year War for the Soul of Specific examples are always related to the larger context.
A word of caution about nut grafs from James B. Stewart, a former Wall Street Journal front page editor and successful nonfiction writer: Blundell, a former Wall Street Journal writer who coaches writers, and whose stories illustrated the approach in its finest form, calls "the main theme statement the single most important bit of writing I do on any story.
In his lead, Schwartz described how Avita Berry, 62, watched as the occupants of a car "let loose with thick streams of water, soaking anyone unlucky enough to be in range," and Annie Lee, 72, saw a group of pre-teens open fire with massive water guns filled with bleach, "strong enough to turn her grass white.
Ken Wells, a writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal, described the nut graf as "a paragraph that says what this whole story is about and why you should read it.
Employees at the center are imploring new Veterans Affairs Sec. In the s when I covered family issues in Washington for Knight Ridder Newspapers, I relied on it for a story about the alarming increase of preteen dieters.
The story about pre-teen dieting is based on numerous interviews with children, parents, doctors, nutritionists, psychiatrists, and other health professionals and on extensive research of medical literature.
It often includes supporting material that helps readers see why the story is important. The nut graf is a wide-angle shot. But its chief hallmark is the use of a context section, the "nut graf" in newsroom lingo.
Jeremy Schwartz, a reporting student at The Poynter Institute, used two short vignettes to begin his story about the problem elderly residents in a St. It buttresses the thesis by citing medical evidence and experts.
Experienced reporters say they find it helpful to constantly write and rewrite the nut graf through the course of reporting the story. Journalistic story forms, like many creative ideas, are often linked with the places where they originated or where they reached their zenith.
They tell stories of guns filled with bleach, hot pepper and even garlic and say that neighborhood youths have taken the game too far. Court of Appeals for the D. This summer has seen an explosion of Super Soaker use on the South Side, say residents, local retailers and police.
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