News articles are pieces that inform readers of events in their communities or across the world.
There are many types of news articles but the two primary types are those that are based on events and those based on something said by a relevant individual.
Reporters are trained to rely on the basics of news writing when approaching different types of stories.
Different types of events
Articles based on events either are diary articles or “flash” news stories. Diary pieces are based on anticipated events, such as a press conference, council meeting or community event.
A flash news article is based on a surprise event, like a tragedy, accident or political resignation. These events happen at the spur of a moment and were not anticipated by news editors.
Although news flashes are not planned, they are planned for. Newspapers, television news stations and other news outlets have staff at the ready to cover events. Those unanticipated stories sometimes take precedence in front-page coverage.
Stories based on quotes purely are based on what someone of relevance said. The quotes are more significant based on the standing of the individual.
These articles provide writers with a chance to show human emotions and not just dictate the events of the day.
Sometimes, a story based on a quote is connected to an event. For example, a news editor might tell a reporter to show human emotion, using quotes, in writing about a local tragedy.
A reporter covering the tragedy might generate two articles about the same situation.
One article would tell the news about the tragedy based on the facts. A fire story, for example, would tell how the fire started, how many people were injured and how long it took to extinguish the blaze.
A second article might be based on the quotes obtained from a survivor of the fire. This story would show the feelings of those involved in the event by using their words and rely less on the factual details of the event itself. Those were reported in the first story.
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