How to Write Newsworthy Articles

How to Write Newsworthy Articles

News is a broad topic covering many different areas of interest to people all over the world. It can be found on newspapers, radio, television or the Internet and the main aim of news is to inform, educate and entertain. This may be through drama and music on radio, cartoons or crosswords in a newspaper or even serious reporting on major events or disasters.

News articles should be accurate and should not have too much bias or opinion in them. However, there should always be an element of human interest. People are interested in how a particular story will affect them or the lives of those around them. For this reason it is important to keep up to date with events as they happen. This will ensure that you can report them in an interesting and timely manner.

It is also important to remember that what is considered newsworthy in one country or area can be very different in another. A coup in a neighbouring country will be much more significant than a break-in at a local school. However, it is generally accepted that anything which is new, unusual, interesting or significant will make good news.

The next stage is to gather as many facts as possible on the subject that you have chosen. You will need to ask the questions ‘What, when, who, where and why’ about the subject and write them down. This will give you the basis for your article and will help you decide which points to include and what to leave out.

Once you have all of the information you need, it is a good idea to speak to sources who are knowledgeable about the subject. This will give you a more balanced and in-depth understanding of the topic. This will also allow you to delve into the background of your topic and find out what really happened.

As with the research phase, it is a good idea to speak with a wide range of sources from all walks of life. This will give you a more rounded perspective of your topic and will show your readers that you are not biased towards any particular opinion.

It is important to remember that you should never be afraid to challenge a viewpoint or an assumption. This will only enrich your news article and will encourage people to think for themselves. Also, be wary of using jargon in your articles as this can alienate those who do not understand it. Generally speaking, it is best to use first names or initials for personal references and to avoid jargon wherever possible.