Once Sweet has the answers to these questions in her notes, she will move on to writing the story. When she arrives back at her desk in the newsroom, she will pull up her notes and think about the answers to these questions. The facts she chooses will serve as the lead for her story. They will probably center on the number of people killed and/or injured. Sweet has used the fact portion of the FAJA Points to quickly gather the details she needed to work with later at her desk.


Thinking ahead helped her to write an accurate and concise story on deadline. This is how journalists work on a daily basis. Ryan Southerman is a junior-level public relations manager at a major hospital in a Southwestern community. One Saturday afternoon, he gets a text message from the administrator, his boss, that health officials suspect a major MRSA (a type of staph-related infection) outbreak in his facility. Several elderly patients are near death, and one child is showing early symptoms of the infection. First off, Southerman needs to determine the facts of the situation.


Next, he analyzes the extent of the problem, working to understand how hospital management and staff are focused on addressing this crisis. Then, he uses judgment to create messages that communicate the good work being done by hospital employees to contain the MRSA outbreak. Finally, Southerman will advise audiences on what needs to be done to control the outbreak and ensure the safety of patients and employees (action).