New Year Blues for French Government
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December 29, 2012 - 8:08pm
Written by Hilary Barnes
A journalist at a British newspaper once told me he had a French student journalist working for him and was puzzled by the structure of his stories.
The Anglo-Saxon way to write a news story is to hit the reader with the most important point first and give him or her the who-what-where-when-how-and-why, if known, in the first three or four sentences. After that you can expand and elaborate.
He asked the Frenchman how he structured his stories. "Thesis, antithesis, synthesis," he replied.
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