Good stories prove their relevance to the audience

People care most about things that affect them. On one level, the relevance of a story can be a function of geography. The reader is more interested in his local weather forecast than the national outlook. He is more interested in knowing why a police officer is...

Good stories are important and interesting

Writing coaches Roy Peter Clark and Chip Scanlan are quoted in the Elements of Journalism as believing that effective newswriting can be found at the intersection of civic clarity, the information citizens need to function, and literary grace, which is the...

What makes a good story?

A good story is about something the audience decides is interesting or important. A great story often does both by using storytelling to make important news interesting. The public is exceptionally diverse. Though people may share certain characteristics or...

The Protess Method of verification

David Protess is president of the Chicago Innocence Project, a nonprofit investigative reporting group that exposes wrongful convictions and other problems of the criminal justice system. He previously served for 12 years as director of the Medill Innocence Project at...