Suppose you had the task of planning a newspaper and you had before you ten reports which began in the following ways:
1 The Prime Minister has announced the appointment of a new body to regulate company takeovers.
2 Fifteen people have been killed in a battle in Congo.
3 Bournemouth used 500 million cubic feet of gas last year.
4 Maureen Johnson, aged 17, was sitting in her bath when she heard a hammering on the door. ‘What’s up?’ she shouted. ‘The house is on fire,’ came the reply.
5 The chief executive’s exit has hit Toad shares.
6 The Mayor said yesterday that the Government’s new housing policy might or might not be good for the town.
7 The chairman of the Finance Committee and a 21-year-old shopgirl have disappeared ...