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This post will explain the steps I took to write and edit my Dana Born speech following the writing process outlined in the textbook, News Writing and Reporting: The Complete Guide for Today’s Journalist.

Step 1

When I sat down to write this story about the Dana Born speech, I started by looking over my three pages of typed notes from the event. After looking through my notes I decided that the angle I was going to take was concentrated around her personal narrative and how she became a leader from sharing that story.

Step 2

After reading through my notes I decided that the heart of this story was going to lie in the inspirational message Born was trying to put forth through her speech. She spoke about the importance of finding and sharing your personal narrative to become a better leader, which is already an inspiring message. The way she intertwined her own personal experiences and thoughts with that message is what made it even better. I knew I needed to add her personal quotes about her experience to make her more credible for the advice she was giving, and to position her as relatable to the readers.

Step 3

I found that I would have to dig through my notes a bit to construct a coherent story that kept the message of “finding your leader within” throughout.

Step 4, 5 & 6

Mapping was probably the hardest part of the process, for this story in particular, because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to organize it. I ended up free writing the whole story, and then stepping back to look at it all. I then copied, pasted and moved graphs and quotes around to organize the story into the ultimate message, while telling the reader a bit about Born’s personal narrative and how that coincides with the advice she was giving.


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  1. Nice. We find that organization is especially valuable in blog writing, and I like your choice to separate your work by steps. Subheads helped, too. Wouldn’t hurt to begin with an overview sentence to explain what you’re doing. Remember, the whole world can read this blog item, not only classmates and your old professor.

    Don’t leave us in suspense. How did you map the story?

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