Vicki Butler-Henderson is a motoring journalist and racing driver, she describes how she works up a magazine article on how fit you need to be to race cars. She first interviews some fellow racers and a medical expert to gather some preliminary facts and figures for her article. She then 'roughs out' a plan, shaping the article into a first draft at home. When she begins to write her opening paragraph she explores how she can hook the reader by creating and sustaining a consistent voice, signposting quotations and using a variety of vocabulary.
This clip illustrates how an informative article can be worked up from original concept, interviews and factual material. The class could write their own paragraph using the information given in the first three minutes, then compare and discuss them.