News Writing (EL 227)


24 Nov 2005

Holiday offers reunion for those separated in hurricane


The turkey, potatoes, stuffing and gravy that grace the Thanksgiving table aren't the focal point of the holiday for Ryan Jones.

He's going to spend time with his girlfriend in Richmond, Va., after months of separation because of Hurricane Katrina.

In late August, the 21-year-old Loyola University student shared an apartment with his girlfriend in New Orleans' historic Garden District. Katrina split them up. --Amanda Cochran

Holiday offers reunion for those separated in hurricane - PittsburghLIVE.com

[This is a timely example of a news feature. Note how the first paragraph grabs the reader by defamiliarizing something that will be very familiar to folks today. Then the second paragraph immedially follows up on that by explaining the point of the story.

Very efficient. Very crisp. First the article hooks us, then tells us why we should care, and only then does it start giving the gory details.

Amanda, of course, is The Setonian's News Editor. Good work, Amanda! --DGJ]

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