Episode 7: Writing a good headline

In this seventh episode, Matt looks at the fourth and final key ingredient of news – the headline. Headline writing is something of an art form but it doesn’t mean you cannot write a good one. Too often it’s left to last and then feels a bit rushed.

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Episode 9: Helping journalists

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Episode 8: What is – and isn't – news

In this penultimate episode, Matt looks at what is – and what isn't – news. Looking back at the hundreds of news stories sent to Attain over the past year, there are a significant proportion of stories which are not, really, news.

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Episode 6: What's a standfirst?

In this sixth episode, Matt looks at the third key ingredient of news – the standfirst. Often overlooked, neglected and ignored, the standfirst is a critically important part of ensuring that people actually read your news.