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How to Write a News Article

For many people, the world revolves around news.  News makes up the bulk of information people know about the world, whether it’s broadcast on television or printed on newspapers.  It pays for everyone to know how to write news so that they can inform the public on what’s going on in their part of the world.  Here are some tips to help you write a tight, coherent news article.

What is News?

News is all about information.  News seeks to inform and enlighten people about current events, politics, business, and day-to-day affairs in a simple, easy-to-understand format.  News can be broadcast through print, radio, television, or the Internet.  Without news, people would find it very difficult to know about what’s going on around the world.  The task of the news writer is to develop a concise story that seeks to inform, and is very easy to read.

Parts of a News Story

In most journalism schools, the recommended structure of a news article is the inverted pyramid model. The model assumes that all the important details of the story are detailed and presented first, and the supporting facts are detailed and presented afterward where the editor may opt to edit some of them out.  Here are the parts of a news story:

  • Lead. The lead contains all the important pieces of information that makes up the news story.  In journalism, the mnemonic device used is “5Ws and 1H:” who, what, when, where, why, and how.
  • Body. The body can be treated as a supporting lead to the primary lead.  The editor can then edit the articles to choose what facts should remain in the story, and what facts do not support the bulk of the information that needs to be communicated and disseminated to the audience.
  • Conclusion. Most news stories need not to be concluded especially if they describe current events.  For news feature stories and investigative reports, though, your conclusion needs to refer back to the lead to keep the story tight and and coherent.

Tips

Here are some tips to help you write a good news article:

  • All stories need to be edited and proofread, especially for print and broadcast news that have constraints for time and space.  You should not, however, edit an article just for the sake of the limitations of your media organization; the article should be concise, but all the important facts should still be present.
  • Journalistic writing is very different from literary writing.  News articles should be straightforward, to the point, and easy to read.
  • Get your facts straight.  Cases like libel and defamation can translate to a loss in readership and revenue.  Remember that the only rule in journalism is accuracy; make sure that you back up all the facts necessary to write a fair, truthful story.

Many people begin and end their day with news, and it is important to give the people accurate, fair reportage on current events.  With these steps and tips, you can write an informative and accurate report at any time of the day, at any event you may be asked to cover.

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