NR&W 9 – Inverted Pyramid

I most defiantly needed this chapter, which covered in more detail how to write in an inverted pyramid structure. The pyramid isn’t about specifics necessarily, seeing as sometimes details can be the most important thing, which should go first. The pyramid is that of newsworthiness, the most at the top and the least at the bottom. I finally have my brain wrapped around this topic.

Being a Creative Writing major I am used to a very different–and far more loose–writing structure. At the same time I excel in algebra, laying out equations and neatly filling them in one of my talents. Having an ‘equation’ of sorts given to me for how to write inverted pyramid will improve my writing because I now have something to rely on.

The equation I learned in elementary school: who, what, when, where, why, how. This time around ‘so what’ and ‘what’s next’ has been pinned on to the end so a story can be built around the lead.

Using social media as an outlet for this structure is, as Laramie Cowan conceited in her blog, kind of a mind-blowing thing to think about. When things are miniaturized, like tweets, there is only room for the most significant of things, the reader able to fill in the gaps or make the independent choice to click on an attached article. The relationship is built between reader and reporter that the information provided is the most important out of a story. It’s a matter of trust.

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