The Five W’s

The Five W’s is an idea borrowed from journalism, is another approach to use to narrow topics. Good reporting covers the 5W’s of every story: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Since these words guide coverage of the entire range of a subject being reported, you can use them as a guide to the range of possibilities offered by the subject you have chosen:

1) Who was there?

The people involved.

2) What happened?

The problems, things, ideas

3) When did it happen?

Past, present, future of the topic

4) Where did it happen?

The places involved

5) Why did it happen?

The causes, reasons, results, conditions


Mickey Mouse is having a birthday party!  You’re invited.

Date: Sunday, June 1st, 2006

Place: Mickey Mouse House, Tokyo Disneyland
Chiba Prefecture, Urayasu City

Time: at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

See you at my party!

1) What’s this?

2) Who is Mickey Mouse?
3) Where is the party?
4) When is the party?

5) Why is Mickey Mouse having a party?

After the 5w’s

WereVerse Universe Baby!

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