Other structures go beyond news & features

Have you tried hourglasses, spirals or oranges?

Other structures go beyond news & features

Beyond the pyramid Sometimes the news pyramid and feature-style boxes aren’t enough. Here are some other structures to try. Image by Natalya Letunova

News stories

Lead with two — not five — Ws

Lead with two — not five — Ws

Avoid the ‘fact pack’

How many W’s do you need? Don’t lead with the fact pack. Instead answer your readers’ most burning questions.


Break the news

Break the news

The New York Times improves on the fact pack

Snap to it! ‘Snappy synthesis’ leads tell the story better than fact packs or announcement leads.

Hybrids

Boxes and arrows

Boxes and arrows

Hybrid story forms go beyond news and features

Drive a hybrid: When the inverted pyramid’s not enough, try this news-feature release structure.

Story templates

Template your story

Template your story

Create fill-in-the-blanks story forms

Strength in numbers A startling statistics lead can surprise or challenge your readers.


Write by number

Write by number

Stop reinventing the wheel, use story templates

One of the best ways to use constraints for creativity is to template your writing.


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