Wikinews:Education/Inverted pyramid

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Wikinews writing and the inverted pyramid

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Put the most important and newsworthy facts first, with least important and least immediate facts last — this is opposite to development order in typical narratives, and is termed inverted-pyramid style.

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The reason for inverted-pyramid style is twofold;

  • To help the reader, who is usually in a hurry when reading news. Putting the important and new aspects first helps since they may skip the story after only a couple of paragraphs.
  • To help people who are editing your story later. We appreciate stories with plenty of details, but we still like short punchy stories are preferable to rambling essays.

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