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Practical Newspaper Reporting, 3rd Edition by Geoffrey Harris, David Spark

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1 WHAT IS NEWS?

Suppose you had the task of planning a newspaper and you had before you ten reports which began in the following ways:

1  The Prime Minister has announced the appointment of a new body to regulate company takeovers.

2  Fifteen people have been killed in a battle in Congo.

3  Bournemouth used 500 million cubic feet of gas last year.

4  Maureen Johnson, aged 17, was sitting in her bath when she heard a hammering on the door. ‘What’s up?’ she shouted. ‘The house is on fire,’ came the reply.

5  The chief executive’s exit has hit Toad shares.

6  The Mayor said yesterday that the Government’s new housing policy might or might not be good for the town.

7  The chairman of the Finance Committee and a 21-year-old shopgirl have disappeared ...

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