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inverted pyramid


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In news reporting, a pattern of presentation in which the most important elements are reported first (where the story is summarized) with ‘the background’ reported briefly at the end. This reflects news values. In traditional practice, facts are presented in the priority order of who did what, where, when, why, and how. The inverted pyramid structure is argued to make it easier for editors to trim from the end. However, the structure of news stories is seldom this clearcut. In a story based on several sources, each section may echo this overall pattern.

Subjects: Media Studies.


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