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How the five Ws of journalism can help us bloggers with our writing

Many artists have blogs, and I've been thinking about what to write about on mine, so I thought I'd share some tips I learned while studying a master of arts in international journalism last year that are relevant for anyone who wants to write engaging stories and articles on their blogs.

In journalism, the five Ws are: ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘Where’, and ‘Why’. Keeping them in mind helps address the basic questions that every story should be able to answer. And each of them should have a factual answer – they can’t be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

They probably seem obvious when you read them, but I find they act as a really useful checklist to make sure I remember the important details in my writing.

Here are some examples of the kinds of questions you should be asking, and answering, in your articles:

Who: Who is the story about? Share who’s impacted and whether that’s positively or negatively.

What: What’s happening/happened? Provide factual details. Explain what it means for the reader, if appropriate.

Where: Where is it taking place? Or where did it happen?

When: When is it happening? Or when did it happen? Give clear detail appropriate to the article.

Why: Why is it happening? Or why did it happen? Why is it important and why should readers care?

Enjoy writing – I hope the five Ws prove to be useful for you too!

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