Checklist for Stories
OTHER ISSUES TO CONSIDER WHEN PROOFREADING THE STORY
LEAD: is it short, to the point, and include the relevant information about the story?
IS THERE A NUT GRAPH: have I written a specific paragraph in the story that explains the basic theme of the story, summarizing all the relevant issues ?
SOURCES: is the information from verified sources? Did I put all the facts “into someone’s mouth?”
ACCURACY: have the facts been checked? Did I check the number I used, and spelling of names and
unfamiliar titles or words ? Are the quotes accurate?
COMPLETENESS: have I answered all the questions that a reader may have about this subject, or the people about whom I have written?
CLARITY: have I explained complex issues? Is there any confusion about timelines or definitions that have been eliminated?