5W stands for who, what, when, where, why. These are the five key components used in news stories, which also happen to be the same five components needed for essays. If you’ve ever been told “you haven’t answered the question,” then the chances are you missed one or more of the key components.

By reading the selected news stories in 5W Links & Results and extracting the 5W components you will quickly learn to identify key points. The 5W drills are a fast and effective way to hone your essay writing technique without having to write an essay out in full.

We also show you the Top 3 Tips journalist use when writing a story. Public broadcasters and broadsheet newspapers employ only the best journalists. These journalists aren’t just a little bit good—they are exceptionally good. So why not learn from them?