Turning Movies into News Leads

7 Mar

by: Jessi Galloway

Why not make learning fun?

This week I thought I’d put to practice writing news leads and brush up my AP style using the Who, What, Where, When, How, Why list approach. In all things, practice makes perfect, but no one said it needed to be boring.

Use your favorite movies as a premise to practice writing news leads. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s an excuse to watch Netflix this weekend. I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic the last few days and decided to pick three of my childhood favorites as an example.
101 Dalmations (1961)

(Picture Source: Fantasmic Blogspot)

Who: 101 Dalmatian puppies

What: They were stolen in the middle of the night by a serial dognapper

Where: Suburbs of London

When: Friday of this week

How: Breaking and entering

Why: Police are still looking for leads.

101 pure-breed Dalmatian puppies went missing Friday night, after the serial dognappers raided the quite suburbs of London. Police are still investigating potential suspects.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

(Picture Source: Profiles in History )

Who: Willy Wonka

What: Issued 5 Golden Tickets

Where: In London

When: Monday Morning this week

How: In Wonka Chocolate bars

Why: To choose a winner for a grand prize

Willy Wonka issued ten golden tickets hidden in Wonka Chocolate Bars Monday morning that will admit 5 lucky winners into his chocolate factory, of which 1 will win the grand prize.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)


(Picture Source: FanPop)

Who: Mr. Grinch

What: Stole Christmas

Where: In Whoville

When: Monday morning, this week

How: By impersonating Santa

Why: He hates Christmas

Mr. Grinch is suspected of impersonating Santa to steal Christmas after eye witness reports place him at the scene of the crime last Tuesday night. 


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