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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.

 “Clones! Or am I seeing double? Hey,are you guys related?” Junior twins Andrew and Doug Overtonsay dealing with “lame” jokes is just one ofthe disadvantages of going through life asa twin. But they admit there are plenty ofadvantages, too.

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.

The man reached out a dirty hand,palm up. “All I’ve got is a few bucks,” MattO’Malley said, reaching into his pocket. The next thing O’Malley knew, he wason the ground with a boot on his chest.The Adelphi University junior was beingmugged.

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.

Blind: For saving the life of the victim of a hit-and-run accident, two Adelphi Universityjuniors were honored for bravery. In a ceremony held last week, DaveDavidson and Tiffany Ng received aplaque naming them heroes. Davidsonand Ng pulled communications professorMary Johnson from a car just before itexploded.

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)


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

OUTLINE > Lede/Nut >  med/tech/research workers in vb > where vb fits in in east coast >     

Virginia Beach is poised to become one of the country’s major tech and research hubs thanks to city leaders who took advantage of the city’s resources and location.

Favorable business climate and cost of living combined with access to undersea cables and academia in Hampton Roads and the Research Triangle make it an idea location for research and data centers.


2002 Town Center

First block of Town Center, the center of the city’s new central business district, completed at the intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Independence Boulevard.

2014 Mayor Announces Biomedical Park Plans

In the spring of 2014 in his state of the city address, Mayor Will Sessoms announces plans for a biomedical park to help diversify the city’s economy. The project’s objectives:

  • Establish the City and region as a center for advanced bio‐tech and healthcare research and industry
  • Become an economic driver for the regional economy
  • Drive substantial high‐wage job growth in the region
  • Leverage existing regional assets to develop the hub
  • Harness the collaborative power of regional institutions of higher education, non‐profit research institutes, hospitals, and healthcare‐related enterprises
  • Will require that local and regional governments work together to advance the initiative

2016 Princess Anne Commons Biomedical Park

City council approves the creation of the Biomedical Park on Princess Anne Road.

2016 Telxius Cable Landing Station Data Center

Construction of the landing station for both MAREA and BRUSA undersea cables. Telxius’ landing station currently offers 25,000 square feet of data center space, and could potentially add an additional 115,000 square feet.

2017 VABeachBio Innovation Challenge



2018 Globalinx Data Center

Located just half a mile from the Telxius landing station, this data center owned by Globalinx Data Center LLC will have direct access to MAREA and BRUSA. It will grow to at least 186,000 square feet of colocation and data center space.

2018 MAREA

The international, subterranean data cable begins operating, connecting the city to Bilbao, Portugal.

2018 BRUSA

The BRUSA undersea cable connects Virginia Beach with Brazil and Puerto Rico.

2018 Regional Connectivity Ring

Hampton Roads wins the Smart Infrastructure Challenge. Five South Hampton Roads cities win funding and support for their plan to connect residents, businesses, and institutions with high-speed cable—and connect them all to the high-speed cables at the Virginia Beach cable landing station.

2020 Dunant

Dunant is an undersea data cable expected to be turned on in 2020, and will connect Virginia Beach and France.

2021 SAEx1

The South Atlantic Express is yet another undersea data cable and will connect South Africa, Brazil, And Virginia Beach. First traffic is expected in 2021.

(Future) NxtVn Data Center Campus

NxtVn has proposed building an immense data center campus off Dam Neck Road at a cost of up to 2 billion dollars, that will sport over 1.4 million square feet of space.

(Future) Intertstate 87 to the Research Triangle

Interstate 87 is a future interstate that will swing down to North Carolina’s Research Triangle and better facilitate tech and research collaboration between the two regions. Completion is unknown.

YNOT Innovation Park


2019? Midgardsormen

First block of Town Center, the city’s new central business district, completed at the intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Independence Boulevard.

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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