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Thinking like a journalist to bring your posts to life

Thinking like a journalist to bring your posts to life

Michael TurtleTwitter and Instagram: @michaelturtlehttps://plus.google.com/+MichaelTurtle/

Bond, James BondBig engaging openingExplain what Bonds mission isIntroduce villain and girlCar chases and explosionsFinal fightBond, James BondBig engaging opening - HOOKExplain what Bonds mission is - ANGLEIntroduce villain and girl - NARRATIVECar chases and explosions - COLOURFinal fight - RESOLUTION

Finding the angle

Heres one I prepared earlierThe Prime Minister, Joe Bloggs, has announced changes to strengthen the countrys education system.The changes will ensure parity across the sector and standardise institutions.Total funds available to the university sector will increase by 5 per cent over the next five years.This will come from a mixture of government funding and a 20 per cent increase in tuition fees.Im confident this will make our universities world class, Prime Minister Bloggs says.

Head to this website:http://bit.ly/1oWDpRvFinding the tone

Remember that earlier story?The Prime Minister has announced a 20 per cent increase in the fees university students will have to pay for courses starting from next year.

Remember that earlier story?The Prime Minister has announced a 20 per cent increase in the fees university students will have to pay for courses starting from next year.

Bad news if youre heading to university the PM says hes going to be putting up the fees from next year and its gonna cost you about 20 per cent more.

Finding the hook

Have a listen to this

Summerland

Travel + Leisure, August 2012The Piper Cub buzzes back into view, flying just 200 feet over the waves, its red-lettered banner unfurled behind. All afternoon its been crisscrossing the cloudless sky. Every day, the same plane, same offer: KENS MAINE CLAMBAKE $19.95. When I first started coming here, the price was $8.99. Back then I could read it without my glasses.Tea and kidnapping

The Atlantic, October 2012My host, the 37-year-old Bedouin tribal leader Sheikh Ahmed Hashem, had served me so many glasses of sweet tea that I had lost count. It was a hot afternoon in early July, and we were sitting on the floor of his compound in Wadi Feiran, a remote village deep within Egypts Sinai Peninsula. A single electrical cable connects the settlements squat cement houses; a single road runs through the surrounding mountains to the outside world. Everything felt unhurried, including Hashems explanation, via a translator, of his peoples complaints against the Egyptian government. But when I asked why the local Bedouin had started kidnapping tourists, he was quick to correct me: It isnt kidnapping. It is a tourist safari.Finding the narrative

Remember that earlier story?The Prime Minister has announced a 20 per cent increase in the fees university students will have to pay for courses starting from next year.

Finding the colour

Summerland

Travel + Leisure, August 2012Our first walk of the season down that patha barefoot trudge weighed down by sloshing coolers and salt-scarred beach chairsmay be the happiest moment of my year. That it requires a bit of effort and patience only adds to the drama. The tallgrass feels like some magical green barrier that must be breached, while the slight incline of the dune means you can hear and smell the ocean before you actually see it.Tea and kidnapping

The Atlantic, October 2012When I had finished my own tea, Hashem agreed to take me to the area where Esperanza and Supe had been held. We got in his truck and drove for about an hour before parking along a stretch of sand at the base of the mountains. Once brush was gathered for a fire and water was set to boil, we sat down on the ground, and Hashem introduced me to Attwa.What to do beforeResearchThink of possible anglesArrange to speak to peoplePlan some colourHow to finishWith a questionWith a codaWith a resolutionWith a preview

(Thats a coda!)