Collect everything you have gathered and put it in a folder, an electronic document, a notebook or whatever you like.
Writing Articles for the School Newspaper Writing articles for the school paper can be fun and interesting. Maybe you will go to school board meetings and report back to your fellow students on the decisions the board made.
You might interview the principal about the new classrooms being built because the school is expanding. There are all kinds of stories waiting to be told by you.
But writing stories for the newspaper is not the same as writing an English paper or poetry. Journalism has its own guidelines. The following will give you the basic guidelines and some ideas on how to make your stories shine.
The first paragraph is the most important paragraph in a news article for it gives the most critical information about the story. Space is limited in newspapers so news articles present the most important information first. Subsequent paragraphs contain information in order of descending importance.
This allows the editor the option of shortening any story to fit the space available by cutting from the bottom. Who, what, where, when, and, maybe, why, and how. In the first paragraph include all the basic facts of the news story. Where did the event occur?
When did it happen? Sometimes explaining why and how helps the reader understand more about the importance of the event or helps the reader connect to the story. Here is how the first paragraph of the story might appear. The comments in parentheses show the basic facts. The final score was 68 to Senior Langston Barnard led the scoring with 22 points.
Make the story interesting. There are several techniques you can use to make your story interesting to your reader which will be covered in the next few paragraphs. The first technique is quotes. People want to know what others have to say about the event.
You can quote experts, celebrities, or the ordinary Joe. Following up on our example above, you might interview the coach, some of the players, the school principal, or people in the stands.
You could also generate interest by explaining the importance of the event in relation to other things. They just kept coming back each time the 76ers scored. The last three games have been narrow victories. The team still stands a chance to play in the county tournament if it can win three more games this season.
As an alternative you could tell the story from the point of view of a player. People are interested in how others feel and what they do.
Readers enjoy learning how someone overcame adversity to succeed or survive.
Use clean, crisp English. News writing should be short and to the point. News stories deliver the facts quickly. However, readers get bored when they see the same story with just the facts changed.
Choose each word carefully and provide not only information but a sense of urgency and impact. Take another look at the first sentence in the example paragraph.Perhaps the #1 rule of writing a newspaper article is that you are factual.
You do not want to make assumptions or fabricate information. Before you can write your article, you must have as many of the facts as you can gather.
Writing articles for the school paper can be fun and interesting. You can be the journalist who covers the school’s basketball game or spring concert. Maybe you will go to school board meetings and report back to your fellow students on the decisions the board made.
For instance, the Newspaper Club can write an article about why joining them would provide members with an expanded resume that could help them land a job someday.
An upcoming school activity might also be written about to encourage students to participate. Working at a school newspaper —either high school or college—can be a great opportunity for an aspiring young journalist looking to get some work experience. But coming up with that first story can be a little intimidating when you start to wonder what exactly you should write about.
Writing a Newspaper Article. The best way to structure a newspaper article is to first write an outline. Review your research and notes.
STEP 2: Now, using your research and notes, write an outline for your own article. Remember, your first version of a story is a first draft, not a finished article.
Here a few good tips for turning in. Read them all, then write your own articles modeled after them. The Basic Story Outline The best way to structure a newspaper article is to first write an outline.