How to Write a News Article

How to write newspaper articles.

How to write newspaper articles.

linedividerOut of all the people who use the Internet, approximately 92% are in search of the latest news and information.

Writing a news article is different from writing other articles or informational pieces, because news articles present information in a specific way. It’s important to be able to convey all the important information in a limited word count. Knowing how to write a news article can help you expand a journalism career, exercise your writing skills and convey information clearly and concisely.

Writing Your Own News Article

Compile all your facts. Before you write a news article, make a list or outline of all the pertinent facts and information that need to be included in the article. This fact list will help prevent you from leaving out any relevant information about the topic or story and will also help you write a clean, succinct article.

Start with the lead. News articles begin with a leading sentence that is meant to grab a reader’s attention and interest them. This is one of the most important parts of the piece, so start with the leading statement when writing a news article. Your lead should be one sentence and should simply, but completely, state the topic of the article. The “lead” is the first sentence of a newspaper article, typically a long one, and the most important sentence in the article. You must remember to give a first synthetic answer to the famous questions regarding the facts, place and characters involved in the text using the typical interrogative pronouns, adjectives or adverbs: who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Give all the important details. The next important step to writing news articles is including all the relevant facts and details that relate to your lead statement. Include the basics of what happened, where and when it took place, who is involved and why it’s newsworthy. These details are important, because they are the focal point of the article that fully informs the reader.

The “pyramid”. Place the most important facts at the beginning of the broadcast and additional information was mentioned in order of descending importance. This is done because people often don’t read an entire article, and need the important information quickly Follow up main facts with additional information. After you’ve listed all the primary facts in your news article, include any additional information that might help the reader learn more, such as contact information, additional facts about the topic or people involved, or quotes from interviewees. This additional information helps round out the article.

“Quotes can be a wonderful tool for a news writer, when used appropriately,” explained longtime journalist Doug Wood-Boyle, who has worked in the field for over a quarter century. Quotes provide a real-life context to the information in an article. At hte same time check facts before concluding. Be sure to double check all the facts in your news article before you submit it, including names, dates, and contact information or addresses. Writing accurately is one of the best ways to establish yourself as a competent news article writer.

Remain unbiased. A news article is meant to convey direct facts, not the opinions of its writer. Keep your writing unbiased and objective. Avoid any language that is overly positive or negative or statements that could be construed as support or criticism. Conclude your article. Make sure your news article is complete and finished by giving it a good concluding sentence. This is often a restatement of the leading statement or a statement indicating potential future developments relating to the article topic.

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I'm Carl William Brown a holistic teacher, a webmaster, a trader, and a writer of aphorisms and essays. I have written more than 9,000 original quotations and at present I'm also working at my only novel, Fort Attack, which is also a wide and open blog project. At the moment I'm teaching English in a secondary school, but up to now I have done a lot of other things as well, both in business, educational, sport and social fields. Some years ago, in 1997 following the examples of the Rotary or the Lyons Clubs I founded the Daimon Club Organization to promote every sort of activities, creativity, art, literature, new technologies, informatics, business and marketing, public health and education and to meet new friends with these kind of interests.
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