News is an important part of our society. People rely on newspapers, radio, television and the Internet to find out about the latest events. It is also a way of learning about different cultures and ideas.
The News Manual contains many definitions of what makes a news story. However, it does not include specific guidelines for selecting what stories should be published. This means that many people disagree about what is and is not a newsworthy story.
Facts, figures and quotes are all key to a good news article. The facts and information should be presented in a clear and concise manner so that the reader can follow the story easily. A great story will grab the reader’s attention and make them want to keep reading.
Use the active voice when writing your news articles so that you can communicate more vividly and clearly. It is also better to write in a chronological order so that the reader can see the most critical information first.
Be careful of slang and jargon when writing about news events. This can make the story difficult to understand for non-academic readers. It is better to write in layman’s language so that you can be understood by everyone.
Know your audience: Your target readers will dictate the tone and style of your story. For example, if you are writing a news article for a middle school or high school newspaper, you should write in a more informal, student-friendly style than if you are writing an article for a popular magazine or a website with a larger readership.
Choose a topic that interests you and is timely: A story that will interest your target readers and be relevant to their lives is more likely to be newsworthy than one that is not. Consider topics such as sports, the economy, technology, music, health and sex.
Select a story with strong impact: A news story that has a strong impact on a large number of people is more likely to be picked up by newspapers, TV, radio and the Internet. For example, when the stock market goes up or down and affects a lot of investors it is a very newsworthy event.
In addition to a good story, it is essential that your story be accurate and well-researched. The more accurate and well-researched your story is, the more likely it is that it will be picked up by a major newspaper or media company.
Ensure the facts are correct: Always have your editor read your story before submitting it to the editor for publication. This will help to identify any spelling or grammatical errors and will ensure that your facts are correct.
Be prepared to adapt your story: If you are writing about a controversial subject, you may need to change the wording slightly to suit the audience’s needs. For example, you might need to write in a more positive tone for an article about a controversial subject such as abortion.