A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

May 1st, 2009 • Quill Archives
’They’ say? Who says?

Sometimes journalists need to go back to basics. Beginning reporters are told to gather the five W’s and the H and find the lede among them. More experienced hands have internalized these daily requirements of the job. They collect the facts, ask the questions that lead to compelling quotes, search documents and write the article or broadcast piece to tell the story as clearly as possible.