5 Ws and H news writing questions: part 2, events
Posted by contentgrrl on January 23, 2008
In the art of writing is an art, we still use tried-and-true formulas to get started with researching, interviewing, and organizing basic news according to the 5 Ws and the H. We discussed policy examples last time.
Now, let’s look at how these questions can play out for news stories about events. Most of the questions below work for sports and other competitions, fundraisers, awards ceremonies, professional development conferences, training classes, filing deadlines, holidays, anniversaries, religious/commitment/memorial ceremonies, parties, club activities, meetings, and even sales.
- Who is performing the event?
- Who is organizing, funding and hosting the event?
- Who are the guests of honor?
- Who are the target attendees for the event?
- What is the purpose or objective of the event?
- What are the popular traditions of the event?
- What is the newest focus of the event?
- When – date and time – is the event scheduled?
- Where – building/venue, room, city – is the event scheduled?
- Why is it popular, or beneficial to attend?
- How will special attendees be rewarded?
- How many are expected, and/or how many attended? How much has attendance grown?
- How much does it cost?
Next, we’ll look at how these questions can play out for other types of news stories: accidents and discoveries.