Week 5 Concept Definitions

by Heath Nicholson

Parts of a news story, including byline, dateline, headline and lead.

A news story has a few components to, the byline, dateline, headline, and lead. As I describe these components, I will apply them to a current news story. While reading some of the Week 5 Discussion posts, I noticed that “bad news” stories often turn people away from that news. So I picked a story about Jake Zeldin, a stutterer-turned-rapper, in order to offer some good news.

The first component of a news story is the byline, which is the name of the author behind the story. The author of this story is Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The dateline is a heading that tells where the story is being reported from, or where the event in the story took place. For this story, the dateline is Toronto, Canada, which is where Jake lives. The next component is the headline. This can be thought of as a title for the story, it allows the author to attract the potential reader’s attention. “Teen loses stutter when he raps” is the headline Gupta used for this story. And finally a news story has a lead. The lead should provide readers with all necessary information as to who and what the story is about, where and when it happened, and why it is relevant. A good lead for this story might be:

“From being bullied because of his stutter to performing in front of 20,000 people, 13-year-old Toronto native Jake Zeldin is proving that even with a stutter; you can still be smooth.”

*Recommended – Watch Jake at: http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/health/2012/10/03/jake-zeldin-lil-jaxe-sanjay-gupta.cnn

Photo courtesy of http://www.contactmusic.com/photo/jake-zeldin-performs-at-the-public-mobile-free-concert-at_4045918


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