Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blog #7 - The Inverted Pyramid

So what exactly is the Inverted Pyramid? Basically, it's a structure that journalists use when their primary job is to convey important information quickly. Many readers tend to not read the entire article, so by placing the most important information at the beginning is a very effective way to get information out there. The most important details are stated at the beginning of the article and the least important are stated further down. Information in an article is listed in the following order, as stated in the book:
1. Convey important information
2. Add interesting, colorful details
3. End with remaining facts

The story I chose to use as an example for the Inverted Pyramid comes from The Baltimore Sun. The story itself is very upsetting but is a good example for this structure. The article is named "Suspect in girls' deaths had criminal record." There are only three paragraphs in the article, which does help for me to explain why I chose this article as an example. The first paragraph gives the most important details: who the suspect is, which is what the article is all about. The second paragraph is about the case and the final one is about her charges. However, due to the topic of this article, the first paragraph is the most important because it explains who this woman is. The photograph attached with this post is the woman, Renee Bowman.

This is the link for the article: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-deaths0930,0,5431304.story

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