Story types: Examples

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it gives you a sense of what’s possible.

Traditional news: Often inverted pyramid style, often hard news lead

Text-focused feature: Often feature lead, still timely

Explainer: Often answers a key question, often not in inverted pyramid style

Q&A: Often used when you have a single source and topic is not controversial, sometimes used as an advancer

Social: When stories are based around social media posts

Photo essays: Stories based around visuals, not just a grouping of photos

Video report: Combines video, sound, and voices to tell a story 

Audio Documentary: Tells a story using sound and voices 


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