Most newspaper articles break down into two categories:
And now you have to write the story. You have pages in your notebook of facts, observations, quotes. You may have some agency copy, some material from other media. The first thing to do is stop and think.
Do not start writing until you have a plan. Read through all your notes, marking the most important pieces of information and the quotes you want to use. The information you have gathered will not have entered your notebook in order of importance.
You need to decide what is more important, what is less important, to establish a hierarchy of pieces of information. And this is where you must think about your audience.
Not necessarily what interests you most, but what will interest them. It may not be the same thing, and this is where knowing, having a feeling for, understanding your audience is so important.
As you stare at the blank screen try to imagine the reader. It depends on the publication you are writing for, of course. You can assume more knowledge if you are writing for a specialist publication, or a specialist section of a newspaper.
A cricket report or commentary can assume knowledge of the rules of cricket; an article for a motoring magazine can assume the reader knows what a supercar is. But some specialist publications set out to educate - computer magazines are a good example - and while interest can be assumed, knowledge of how to use specific pieces of software cannot.
So understand the intentions of the publication you write for, or if you are a freelance you seek to sell to. The market sector in which the newspaper is located is also relevant to how you write. You will find longer sentences and paragraphs and sometimes longer words in the more serious newspapers selling relatively small numbers of copies than in mass-selling newspapers with circulations 10 times as big.
The reader of the Guardian will tend to be better educated and to have a larger vocabulary than the reader of the Sun. But do not, as a writer, show off your extensive vocabulary. It is never better, wherever you are writing, to prefer the less familiar word - "wordy" is always better than "prolix".
Nobody is impressed by the use of a word they do not understand or would not use in everyday speech. The danger of talking down to the audience - assuming vocabulary as well as knowledge - is that it insults readers, makes them feel inadequate.
And that turns them off and, worse, turns them away. They do not read on, and you have not communicated with them. The best writing for popular journalism is some of the best writing in journalism, and is hard to do.Journalists write to be read, not to have their stories be ignored.
Six tips for writing news stories that will grab a reader's attention. Journalists write to be read, not to have their stories be ignored. Six tips for writing news stories that will grab a reader's attention. Below are a series of tips for keeping things simple and encouraging the reader to read it.
They are addressed at news writing, but most apply to all forms of journalistic writing. At a time when the vast majority of entrants to journalism have degrees - welcome because journalism in a complex world is an intellectual pursuit - it is worth pointing out that writing for.
Journalists are taught how to write news, which means writing no-nonsense copy that gets to the important information as quickly as possible.
In a hard-hitting news story, there is no room for opinion, advice, humor or commentary. News writing tips for beginners. Details Written by John Allen Created: 02 November Writing a news story is a personal thing.
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