A story can reference either a narrative or a sequence of events. They can be either fictional or imaginary, usually containing details and plots on a single main topic. Journalists pick one main story to write on at any given time or may even write on a few depending on the situation. Most critics and analysts believe that if the piece does not have a full beginning, middle, and end, it does not constitute as a story.

At news publications, editors or senior staff members divvy out the stories to certain journalists depending on the work, which stories are available, or what writers are available. Freelance journalists are able to choose which stories they want to write for whatever publications they want. The quality of the story can either make or break a journalist's career, showcasing their talent and raw ability to write.

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