The Buttry Diary- Developing timeless skills for constantly changing journalism careers

April 4, 2012

Steve Buttry highlights timeless journalism skills that are applicable to all platforms.

Get the facts right. A journalist can lose all credibility if their accuracy is compromised. Always verify your sources and ask, “How do you know that?”

Keep your writing tight. Make every word count and have a sharp focus. Avoid the suitcase lead. Instead, Buttry recommends a g-string lead: brief and enticing.

Answer the 5 W’s and How.

Incorporate essential story elements such as the character, plot, setting, conflict, theme and resolution.

Rewrite. Read your story aloud and challenge every word.


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