This is the way I write an article:
I have a press release or my notes from an interview or many pieces of stories and I just plop them into a word document. Then I hack away, cleaning up type-os, figuring I will just work from top to bottom making sense of everything. Then I begin feeling urges to move the graph I just clean up to a higher point, where it would flow so nicely! So I keep doing that with everything I see until I reach the bottom of the file. Then I look at the document and am almost surprised that everything fits. All that’s left is to make sure the lead and the last graph are kick-ass and that there are transitions throughout the piece.