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Hook is journalism slang for the part of a story that makes it relevant now and draws the reader in.

All stories, in journalism, need a hook.

Definition: All good stories need a hook, i.e. something that draws the reader in.
In journalism your hook is what makes the story relevant now. Before you write any story, you need a hook.
If you’re writing a story on dating you need to ask yourself why it’s relevant now. What’s your hook? Has dating changed? If so, how?
To an extent your hook answers the “why” of the 5W’s in journalism; your hook tells a reader why they’re reading your story right now.

For more on hooks, check out this article on how to craft a news story.

Examples: Joe’s editor said his story lacked a strong hook.
 

 

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