These prompts will help you write a news article. Read through these instructions. Each time you see an instruction beginning with "" write the information on your paper or in your word processing file.
Every news article has a headline to attract the attention of the reader. The headline must state the topic of the news in a strong, short phrase or statement.Examples:
Since this is YOUR news article you need to let the reader know WHO wrote it. The line with your name on it is called the "By" line because it tells BY whom the article is written.
This paragraph will help you to write your LEAD paragraph. A lead
paragraph offers the reader information in a few short sentences which answer the
Who? What? Where? When? Why?.
The next few directions will help you to draft your opening sentences.
Almost all news has a reason for happening. Why something happened the way it did is important to the reader.
Now look back at the elements of your lead paragraph and think about how you could write a few, short sentences which includes everything you wrote down.
After you finish writing, re-read your sentences to yourself to make sure that they sound right.
You have now told your audience who did the news, when it occurred, and why and what happened. You also told the reader where it took place. You have completed the LEAD paragraph.
This part will help you write the supportive paragraphs for this news article. Supportive paragraphs tell the reader HOW the news occurred.
Eyewitness accounts to this news may be very interesting to your reader.
What others think of this news is also important.
As a reporter, you may also state what effect this news may have on others.
You should now have the "meat" for a news article with several paragraphs. Re-read what you have written. Are all of your sentences complete? Do they say what you want them to say? Rewrite your sentences where you need to and put them into paragraphs.
Indent your paragraphs, and double space between them.
Capital letters go at the beginning of each sentence and at the beginning of names and places.
Check for correct spelling.
Does your headline accurately describe your news story? If not, make up a new headline.
Save this article on your disk with a good, descriptive name.
Print out two copies of this article. Keep one, and give the other to your team leader.