Learn about alternative story forms — for free

by andybechtel

My course on alternative story forms for NewsU, the e-learning program of The Poynter Institute, officially launches this week. “Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Creating Alternative Story Forms” will help you learn how to tell stories in different and interesting ways.

The course, intended for reporters and editors, will take you no more than two hours to complete. And it’s free.

Here’s an outline of what you’ll get to do there:

  • Get an introduction into what alternative story forms are.
  • Understand how ASFs make readers smarter, as shown in EyeTrack research.
  • Learn how to root out textboxes and other content that’s hiding in conventional text.
  • Match the news to the right form.
  • Remix an inverted pyramid story into a different form.
  • Share your work with others.

Thanks to the NewsU crew — especially Howard Finberg, Casey Frechette and Vicki Krueger — for supporting the idea for this course and making it a reality.

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