WHEN YOU HEAR A STORY, ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS

12 Apr

Where did the story come from…….SOURCE OR PLACE
Who told you the story? ……………PERSON
When did it happen?…………………TIME
What is the story all about?…SUBSTANCE
Why was the story told?……….MOTIVE
How is the story possible?

These are basic questions addressed by Journalists when writing a story. If you ask these questions and you get responses like: Someone told me; He said so; them say, I heard it somewhere or I think I heard something like that, know that it is a rumour or an unverified story. A true story must be told by a human being in a particular place, and at a particular time. A story must have a purpose too. In the case of rumours, the intention is to delude, confuse, distract and misinform a target audience.

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