How do you write an article for a school newspaper?

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  • How do you write an article for a school newspaper?


Answer #1 | 04/09 2010 20:18
1. Choose an interesting subject 2. Find people you can interview on the subject 3. Do a bit of independent research. 4. Condense your research notes and quotes. 5. Do a rough outline of what you will write 6. Create a first sentence that will grab the reader so s/he would want to read on. 7. Keep your work organized and interesting 8. Put it through spelling & grammar software 9. Run it by your advisor/friend/teacher for additional ideas and suggestions 10. Don't take their comments as criticism. Accept them as evidence that they want you to come across as bright as you no doubt are.
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Answer #2 | 05/09 2010 07:49
There are different types of articles that are written in different ways. If it is a hard news story, like a current local or global event, the first step is to do some research. Put as much relevant information in the article as possible. Remember to answer the 5W's: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. If it is an interview, think of relevant questions before you interview the person. For example, if you are interviewing a teacher who is going to retire, you might ask: "How long have you been teaching?" or "Why did you decide to retire?" If you are interviewing in person, take notes or ask if you can tape record the interview so you can remember it when you begin to write. If it is an editorial, or another article that requires you to take a personal stance, decide what your stance is going to be, and then think of a few good reasons why. For example, you could say "I don't think that our school should have uniforms because we use clothes as a means of self expression and many students in our school could not afford to buy uniforms in this economic situation." (Run on) Then find support for your reasons, and spend the rest of your word count explaining the supports. Try to find statistics or other outside sources. For example, in the example above, I could quote a student who expresses herself with her clothing and find a newspaper article that explains how the economic situation has influenced people in my area. In any newspaper article, there are a few essential things to remember. First of all, remember to edit your work. Read it out loud to make sure you haven't made any confusing mistakes. Second, make sure your article is in on time. As an editor on my schools newspaper, I find it harder to my deadlines when writers turn articles in late. Newspaper articles should follow a "pyramid effect." The truth is, many people will NOT read an article all the way through. They just want the main information. You should arrange your article with the most important facts at the top, summarizing the main point of the article. Work your way down as you go. Your next paragraph should have info that is still important, but not vital. And so on... MAKE SURE ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS FACT FROM A CREDIBLE SOURCE. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CREDIBILITY AS A JOURNALIST.
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Answer #3 | 04/09 2010 13:16
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