Interstate 87 Will Link Hampton Roads & the Research Triangle

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Interstate 87 Will Link Hampton Roads & the Research Triangle

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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.

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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)

The signs have been appearing by the roadside for a while now. The new interstate 87 is long overdue for Virginia and North Carolina, and the “Future Interstate 87” signs placed along the route between Hampton Roads and the Research Triangle are an indication of the two states’ dedication to the project.

The route officially became labeled a future interstate with the passage of the 2015 FAST Act, and would run south from Norfolk along Route 17 and east from Raleigh along what is now route 64. The two stretches of roadway meet in the North Carolina city of Williamston.

Converting this existing roadway into an interstate would reduce drive time and cost between Hampton Roads and the Research Triangle,  and better facilitate tech and other partnerships between the two major regions.

The extra transportation route would offer greater economic development potential not only to the two larger regions, but to towns and cities like Williamston, Elizabeth City, Rocky Mount, and Greenville that lie between.

Likewise, a speedier route from Hampton Roads to the south would likely see even more shipping to the Port of Virginia in Norfolk.

The work would need to take place one section at a time, and could take up to 20 years to complete, officials say. For now, preparation work has begun at both ends of the highway and exit signs have changed numbers.

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  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?”

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  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:

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  • 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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