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In journalism, the Five Ws (also known as the Five Ws (and one H), or Six Ws) is a concept in news styleresearch, and in police investigations that are regarded as basics in information-gathering. It is a formula for getting the “full” story on something. The maxim of the Five Ws (and one H) is that in order for a report to be considered complete it must answer a checklist of six questions, each of which comprises an interrogative word:

  • Who? Who was involved?
  • What? What happened (what’s the story)?
  • When? When did it take place?
  • Where? Where did it take place?
  • Why? Why did it happen?
  • How? How did it happen?

Written by dinh

December 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm

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