First, describe your tale concept. You don't have to provide the entire tale, but you should summarize your concept in a few words. Include the news angle as well as other pertinent facts. Introduce yourself and give your qualifications if you've never written for this journal before and don't know the editor. Let the editor know what you want to write about.
Second, choose a suitable topic. The best tales will contain an element of mystery or surprise. If you can't think of any interesting topics, consider writing about something that has recently happened in your community or country. There are many different subjects that could be covered in the newspaper. Focus on choosing one that is both relevant to people's daily lives and will also make for a good story.
Third, write it up. Start with a strong opening line that grabs readers' attention. This gets them interested in what you have to say next. Use specific details to bring characters to life and create a clear setting. Make sure you include appropriate sources to verify information when possible. Always end on a high note by leaving your audience with a question they'll want answered. A great ending will leave them eager to read the next issue of their favorite magazine or newspaper.
You may not get paid for your work, but that doesn't mean you can't earn publicity. If you have a famous family member or friend who can provide an interview, do it free of charge.
Seven tips to get your story in the paper:
Concentrate on a single major concept. You have the entire tale to discuss your issue in depth. Keep your opening phrase concise. Make it plain what the narrative is about: suspense has no place in journalism. Consider your lead to be the article's thesis statement: here's what occurred and why it matters. Avoid extraneous material. Cut any story that isn't essential to the main idea.
Your newspaper should include the following:
An introduction: This section should state the topic of the piece, name names when appropriate, and give a general sense of what will follow. It may also include a press release or other item of interest to readers outside of regular circulation hours.
The news itself: This is what makes a newspaper unique; there are many other journals out there. Focus on significant events that affect your topic and its surrounding area. Be sure to get local perspectives too!
A conclusion: State the main point you wanted to make with this article. If you were covering another topic, explain how it relates to your original idea.
Editorials: The views of an individual or organization on current issues. They can be written by staff members or others as long as they meet certain criteria (more on this later).
Columnists: These are opinions pieces written by individuals for publication under their own name. Most print newspapers have a column devoted to political commentary.
Here are some additional pointers:
For your next reported article, use the following eight journalistic writing tips:
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