5 Matching Annotations
  1. May 2021
    1. Unfortunately, the beholding will have to wait. We have barely exchanged greetings over Zoom when his voice breaks up, the screen freezes and the room falls silent. A quiet place, indeed.

      Note that the intro adds a 'complication' early on, which helps to hook the reader further and provide more colour.

    2. illian Murphy, star of the new horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, is something to behold: X-ray eyes at once penetrating and ethereally blue, cheekbones so pronounced you could stretch out and go to sleep on them.

      Many features begin with some 'colour' to set the scene of the interview, such as some details about the room where it is taking place, the appearance of the interviewee, or the obstacles that they've overcome to make it happen. Even in this interview - which takes place via video call - the writer starts with that colour. Note that he also establishes a news hook to the piece - "star of the new horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II" - which justifies the newsworthiness of this interview (a new movie)

    3. Cillian Murphy: ‘I was in awe of how Helen McCrory lived her life’

      The headline follows the formula NAME: QUOTE

      • they've chosen a key quote that relates to a topical (newsworthy) event, the death of his co-star.
    4. The star of Peaky Blinders on his late colleague, how he convinced the producers to cast him rather than Jason Statham as Tommy Shelby – and returning to the monster-movie genre in A Quiet Place Part II

      This is called the standfirst. It comes after the headline but before the article begins properly. Unlike the article, this will be written in third person (no use of "I" - and the reporter or brand is often named here). The standfirst 'sells' the interview in a bit more depth than the headline, often detailing who the person is ("The star of Peaky Blinders") and why they're newsworthy (if they're not a celebrity, e.g. "as Britain leaves the EU Ryab Gilbey talks to a union leader"). It's common to list 3 things that the interview covers - as it does here.

  2. Apr 2015