Example News Item Text: Indonesian Sailors Freed by Pirate

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Indonesian Sailors Free as Pirates' Ransom is Paid
The crew of 20 Indonesian sailors aboard the Sinar Kudus cargo ship were finally freed by Somali pirates on Sunday.

“We received the cash of $4.5 million early this morning. We have abandoned the ship and it is preparing to sail away,” a pirate who gave his name as Geney told Reuters news agency

In March, a large group of 30 to 50 Somali pirates seized the Indonesian flagged and owned ship about 320 nautical miles northeast of the Yemeni island of Socotra. The Sinar Kudus was on its way to the Netherlands from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi when it was hijacked.

“The ship is now on its way to the nearest secure port and is being heavily guarded by Indonesian warships,” David Batubara, vice president of Samudra Indonesia told reporters late on Sunday.

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news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110501/wl_asia_afp/indonesiapiracysomalia

Generic Structure of News Item Text in Learning English
1. Newsworthy event: Information on what happened, who experienced, where and when it happened
The crew of  the Sinar Kudus cargo ship were finally freed by Somali pirates on Sunday

2. Background events: Several events proceeded and followed the main event stated in the first paragraph
a. Pirates received the cash of $4.5 million early this morning to free the sailor
b. In March, a large group of 30 to 50 Somali pirates seized the Indonesian flagged and owned ship

3. Sources: Statement from witness, participant, or authorized persons.
David Batubara said that the ship waon its way to the nearest secure port and was being heavily guarded by Indonesian warships

News item text is a good medium to practice writing when you want to be a journalist. You just need to write about everything happens around you. Arranging the paragraphs into 3 elements then the good news written is created.

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