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Structure

Article: “Pakistan Tense Ahead of Key Vote,� BBC

This article is structured with news blocks. The first paragraph after the lead explains the lead more. The next paragraph explains the lead a little more and introduces the exact people involved in the story. In this article, it is President Musharraf, his party and the opposition parties. Each news block adds more information, with the most important information the closest to the lead. Every block is about one subject so the story is easy to follow.

The reporter has summarized the information in basic terms. The election situation in Pakistan is complicated, but the reader is able to understand because of the reporter’s story structure, plain language and by breaking the story down to its most important points.

The reporter could have ordered the news blocks differently. He could have put the background of the issue sooner, but that would only made things confusing and less compelling. What happened months ago is no longer news.