Late Nora Ephron -Screenplay writer for movies like “When Harry met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” in her book “Everything is Copy” writes about a moment of Epiphany when she was in a high journalism class taught by Charles Simms.
He handed the class an assignment – they were to write a story based on the following information
“Kenneth L Peters, the principal of Beverly hills high school announced today that the entire high school facility will travel to Sacramento next Thursday for a colloquium in new teaching methods.
Among the speakers will be Anthropologist Margaret Mead, College president Robert Maynard Hutchence and California governor, Edmond Pat brown. All the students immediately started reordering the story and the teacher looked at all the leads and finally revealed the apt lead “There will be no school next Thursday”.
It was a breath-taking moment as Ephron recalls “In that moment, I realised journalism wasn’t about regurgitating facts, but was about figuring out the point. It wasn’t enough to know the who, what, when, and where, you had to understand what it meant and why it mattered”.