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Guide and Best Practices

The 5 w’s is a technique used to gather information about a topic for writing, research, projects, journalism, police investigations, etc. The 5 w’s include who, what, when, where, and why and together they present a formula for understanding the full story on a subject. Sometimes a sixth question “how?” is added to the formula to gather more data.

  • Once you have selected your topic, start reading around it. You can rely on newspapers, online resources like blog posts, websites, etc. or even talk to subject matter experts.
  • During the research, particularly gather the information that may help you answer the questions who, what, when, where, and why. You can use one of the Creately 5 w’s graphic organizers to record the information easily.
  • When answering the question “who?”, consider the people who are involved in the story. Who are the main characters? Who are the victims? Who is affected or benefited?
  • The question “what?” refers to what happened in the story or the main incident the story is based on. Here you can analyze what happened that led to that moment, what happened as a consequence of that incident, etc.
  • Next, consider “when” did this incident take place? How does the time the incident happened affect its impact?
  • Find answers to “why” it happened? What factors led to this incident? Or who caused it to happen?
  • “Where” did it happen? Is there a specific location where this incident took place? Is there any significant reason for this location?
  • Once you have gathered all this data and recorded them in a worksheet, you can bring them together to write your story.

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