How to do Good Stories

Anyone can write something and pass it off as news. A news publication can hire any average person to be their writer and publish whatever they write in order to fill their pages. In order to actually capture the audience's attention, a good story needs to be both thought-provoking and significant. Journalists use all of their skills in writing and research to compile a piece that not only enlightens the public, but inspires them to want to learn more. In the following paragraphs, we take up some aspects of the American Press Institute about how to do a good story:


The importance of the story has a lot to do with keeping the audience's attention. Journalists bring the topics they write about alive in the pages, developing complex characters and telling significant stories. Simplifying topics and explaining why they are important to the everyday person is crucial to a writer. Showing that the main focus character in the piece actually completes the tasks they set out to complete in their day can considerably heighten the audience's respect for them. Backing the story up with facts and graphics will also help boost the importance to the reader.


Readers are going to be more interested in a story that actually has relevance to their life than something that does not. Whether it is emotionally or geographically, it is also important to prove how it is relevant to the readers by laying out the reasons as well. You can add detailed experiences, facts, statistics or even opinions in order to help the audience compare their own familiarities and establish a relationship.

Detail and Context

Journalists can rely on detail to help them provide their audience something concrete to grasp. Instead of overloading the story with fact after fact, detail can help pinpoint the right facts that should be the focus. This directly links to the context of the story, or the main framework. Those reading the piece need a basis to ground the story on and a solid context layout can help with that. Mixing both context and detail together helps guarantee a strong finished piece.

Characters and Theme

People are most interested in the lives and happenings of other people. Establishing strong characters that virtually come alive in every piece is the main goal for journalists. Capturing what they do, feel, and think is crucial when developing characters that the readers relate to. Once the character is instituted, the overall theme comes into play. Building an entire scene and image for the audience to envision is just as important as the characters. Using descriptive words and explaining the background in the best way possible can lead to a more lifelike and relatable story.

Connection and Inspiration

Writing about something that is normally deeper and more profound is a great way to step above the rest. Thinking of topics that can be inspiring and motivating will not only get your story noticed, but it will also get your story talked about. Journalists have to take a step ahead and anticipate the audience's reaction to the story.

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