Writing a ReportSome forms of writing, such as essays and journals, contain both facts and opinions of the writer. In other kinds of writing, however, it is important to stick to the facts. Newspaper, radio, and TV reporters, for example, must use only facts when they write stories.
Read the following news story and observe how the reporter carefully reported only the facts.
Storm Dumps Snow in MidwestCOLUMBUS, Ohio Apr 25, 2005 — An unusual spring storm dumped nearly 2 feet of wet snow on parts of the Midwest. The two-day weekend storm brought temperatures as much as 25 degrees below the normal of around 60 as snow fell across parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and western Pennsylvania, and south along the Appalachians as far as western North Carolina. Northeastern Ohio was hardest hit, with 21 inches of snow in North Royalton, 15 in Solon and Tina Adams' 18 in Chardon. Dozens of schools were closed Monday because of slippery roads.
Cleveland got 12.4 inches, boosting the city's total for the month to an April record of 19 inches, nearly 5 inches over the old record. Compacting and melting left just 8 inches on the ground by the morning rush hour. For the season, Cleveland's total jumped to 117.9 inches, toppling the old record of 101.1 inches set in 1995-96.
The Detroit Tigers postponed two weekend home games against the Minnesota Twins because of the wretched weather.
Snapped branches and power lines left about 80,000 FirstEnergy customers in the Cleveland area without power Sunday. About 54,000 customers were still without power Monday, the utility said.
Directions: Pretend you are a newspaper reporter. Observe an event at your school or in your neighborhood. Take some notes and if possible, interview some of the people involved. Then, write a short newspaper story about the event. Give your story a title, and remember to stick to the facts. You may also draw a picture or attach a photo to go with your story.