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Fascination by Nancy Graham Holm

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4 Deciding the Story's Treatment

Every democratic culture that supports a free press has basically two kinds of journalism: hard and soft. These adjectives do not really describe the true nature of these types, however, because hard suggests “important” and soft suggests “unimportant” or “frivolous.” The two terms are too limiting and misleading. If we look deeper into the two categories, we can see how some soft stories can be highly significant with considerable substance.

Whether hard or soft, a story needs a plan for how it will be told. This is called a treatment.

Information-based stories: news bulletins answer the fundamental questions ...

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