Chip Scanlan
Poynter Institute for Media Studies
The Star-Ledger
Dec. 10-11, 1996
see also: http://www.poynter.org/papers/strydead.htm

STORYTELLING ON DEADLINE
4 Checklists of questions, tips and exercises

FINDING A FOCUS

THE PROBLEM:

The reporting is done, but what do all these notes mean? How do I find the FOCUS of the story?

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A FOCUS CHECKLIST
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ESTABLISHING AN ORDER

THE PROBLEM:

I know what my story's about now. I just don't know where I should put everything. How do I ORDER my story?

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AN ORDER CHECKLIST
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DISCOVER BY DRAFTING

THE PROBLEM:

How do I write -- and keep writing -- to DEVELOP the story into publishable shape?

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A WRITING CHECKLIST
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REWRITING FOR READERS

THE PROBLEM:

My story's drafted. How do I CLARIFY the meaning and keep the story tight and interesting?

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A REVISION CHECKLIST
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