Analysis: Story structure in story about the UN General Assembly

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In the article about President Obama's speech at the United Nations General Assembly speech by the BBC Times, the story takes on a martini glass structure.

The reporter leads off the story with Obama's plan for global leaders to act against extremism and violence. To follow this lead, the reporter expands upon the specifics of his speech. If the reader just wanted to know Obama's main views at the General Assembly, they could stop at this point.

The article goes on to talk in detail about Iran and Syria, two big topics at the assembly. These topics are sorted together and this makes the article readable and organized. After the detailed reports on Syria and Iran, the story highlights other points that other big leaders mentioned at the General Assembly. While this part increases the range of topics covered in the article and adds more depth to the story, it can be easily cut from the article to make it shorter. The article ends with Obama's differences with Mitt Romney concerning foreign affairs.

This story structure works well for the story. It starts with the facts, covers the background information on topics and then uses a chronological structure to further elaborate on the event. The story ends with a slightly different topic that works as a kicker. This structure is effective because the readers get the facts at the beginning and can stop reading if they want to. If they want more information, however, they can continue and the story adds depth.

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You're doing a great job. Keep it up. GG

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