Governor Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address in Richmond

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Governor Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address in Richmond

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Open with an amazing fact or startling statement that arouses reader interest. Adelphi University students spend an average of seven hours per day surfing the Internet.

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Using a narrative style, begin by introducing the main characters, the conflict and perhaps the setting of the story.• Make readers feel the drama and want to know what’s going to happen next.• Identification of people can be postponed until a later paragraph to avoid disrupting the flow of the lede.

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Begin with a description of a scene surrounding an event.• Typically used for stories in which the setting is prominent, such as Homecoming, commencement, Freshman Orientation, plays, etc.

Cite one point of view or observation and then follow with the opposite view. Facebook rots the brain, according to new research by Adelphi University psychology professor Kendrick Jones. Anita Patel, an honors student at Adelphi University, says that just isn’t true.

Use few words (25 max.)• To the point and factual• Gives reader quick summary of story in as few words as possible.• Usually one sentence.• Summary ledes often focus on the who and what of the story and then follow closely with the when and where. The how and why may be explained or suggested further into the story. 

Focus often focus on the who and what of the story and then follow closely with the when and where. The how and why may be explained or suggested further into the story.on the most important of the 5W’s and H.• Summarize the most newsworthy fact within the first 10 words.• Begin with the subject of the most newsworthy fact (usually the who or what)• Cite source of any opinions.• Consider a delayed identification or blind lede.

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For example The purchase of new computers will strain next year’s budget, Adelphi University President Robert Scott announced at last week’s faculty meeting.(Under 25 words, focuses on who and what)

Governor Northam delivered his State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday and showed that the state is stronger than ever, and signaled the government’s ambitions to continue growing.

The governor addressed both successes of the past and proposed a budged that, among other things, addressed the economy, healthcare, the environment, guns, and the justice system.

In attendance was Hampton Roads community Action Program Head Start Directory Shikee Franklin.

A summation of the governor’s closing remarks:

From The State of the Commonwealth

  • Unemployment rate falls even lower, to 2.6%, compared to the national average of 3.5
  • Modernizing Norfolk's Port of Virginia, making it the deepest on the East Coast
  • Expanding the Hampton Roads Bay-Bridge Tunnel
  • Expanded Medicaid in Virginia, covering an extra 375,000 people
  • Signed the country’s largest contract to buy renewable energy to power state government

Budget Proposals

  • Expanding broadband
  • A comprehensive plan for early childhood education
  • G3 financial aid program—"Get skilled, get a job, give back"
  • Increasing tuition assistance grants
  • Triple the Virginia Housing Trust Program
  • Healthcare equity budget
  • State-run healthcare marketplace, re-insurance program, and ending laws that restrict a woman’s right to direct her own health care
  • During his term to have 3,000 megawatts of solar and wind energy, and up to 2,500 megawatts from off-shore wind soon after.
  • To have 30 percent of Virginia’s electricity come from renewable sources in this next decade, and to make it 100 percent carbon-free by 2050
  • Replacing old diesel school buses with new electric ones
  • Creating a new office of offshore wind, $40 million to upgrade the Portsmouth Marine Terminal to prepare for wind turbine production in Hampton Roads
  • Tripling our current investment in land preservation, including major new clean-water funding
  • Over $400 million invested to ensure clean water
  • Create a permanent Environmental Justice Council.
  • We will pass comprehensive protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations for LGBTQ people
  • Making absentee voting easier, making election day a state holiday
  • Letting Localities decide what to do with the Confederate monuments in their community. They know the right thing to do.
  • De-criminalizing marijuana possession and clearing the records of people sentenced for it
  • Eight common-sense measures to keep dangerous persons away from firearms

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Nut & Body

-Why reader should care, why story is topical.
-Important causes/potential consequences of news 

Outline > Lede/Nut >      

Body Text.

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  1. Start by figuring out the problem and its solution. Conflict resolution is a key element of any good story. That’s why you need to start by finding out what the obstacle was and how it was eventually overcome. From there, you can focus on how the people within your story got from point A to B.

  2. Be curious about the WHY. Always ask why, as it helps you better understand motivations, adds important nuances and details to the story, and helps fill in holes. Ask why when the question naturally arises in your mind.

  3. Ask emotion-based questions. When interviewing people, try to tease out the emotions around the situation to add a human element to what you’re writing, as it makes the story more relatable on a personal level. Instead of asking only surface-level questions, delve a bit deeper with questions like, “How did you feel about X? Was it frustrating/exciting/nerve-wracking?”

  4. Make notes on the details. Details are what make your story compelling and interesting. Be observant while interviewing clients, doing research, or digging into case studies. Look for the details that others may be glossing over. As you come across interesting data points, quotes, or conclusions, make detailed notes.

  5. Look for results and hard numbers. Black and white elements eliminate ambiguity make your story more powerful. Look for tangible outcomes like numbers, stats, etc. that validate and concrete the solution or conflict resolution you’re focused on.

If you can do these five things while researching and writing, you can make major improvements to the content you create. A few other journalistic habits to keep in mind:

  • Be prepared. Have questions ready beforehand if you’re interviewing someone. Be ready to take notes/record the conversation.

  • Take your time. The best writing happens when an idea has marinated in your mind for a while and you’ve had time to think deeply about the underlying story you’re trying to tell. Don’t rush it.

  • A good editor works wonders. Having a good editor that you can turn to for objective feedback can improve your writing 100-fold. If you’re too close to the story, a good editor can spot the weak areas and suggest ways it could be better/stronger.


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