By Tyler Richmond
West Hills Press
West Hills MS
1st Place Division MS, News Writing
News Brief


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  • Sharp, attention-getting lead that underscores news story importance
  • Uses inverted pyramid
  • Sentences are carefully constructed to be as concise as possible
  • Emphasizes news elements, i.e. timeliness, nearness, impact, and prominence
  • Uses direct quotes or attributed information from at least one source

Jan. 31 was a snow day for West Hills students, but a busy day for Mr. Honeyman One hundred years to the day after the birth of the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, Mr. Honeyman went to Scholastic headquarters in New York for a Facebook livestream with Mr. Robinson’s daughter Sharon, to speak about the Breaking Barriers writing contest, which is designed to get kids to acknowledge some struggle they faced and how they have used some of Robinson’s traits to overcome it, as well as Jackie Robinson’s legacy. “It was magical,” Mr. Honeyman said. “We spent over 45 minutes talking about her father’s legacy and the power of language to empower people, plus I got to give a shout out to my incredible students whom I love!” — Tyler Richmond