How to write a newspaper article

16 May

How to write a newspaper article

I explained in my article of the 31 March that on the 29 March I spent a very enjoyable morning with the students and the teacher Myriam at the Lycée Emile Roux de Confolens.  The aim was to give the students an insight into the British Press.

Yesterday on the 15 May I revisited the school, who are now working with another school on an exciting joint project.  They are writing a newspaper together.  And they are doing it in English.

This is as such a new partnership venture of the tallest order. The task of writing in English must be difficult enough in itself.  The added required skill of writing as a journalist raises the  challenge to far higher heights.

I was very impressed with how good the students are.  The teachers from both schools also do a great job of steering the individuals and groups in the right direction.  Plus at the same time they encourage the students to express themselves; while also working together and  sharing responsibility (ownership) for their article.

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Enthused by this project, I done some research myself and learned the following lessons about how to write a newspaper article.
Research your topic

To begin writing a news article, you need to research extensively the topic that you will be writing about.  In order to have a credible, well written, well structured article, you have to know the topic well.

Begin by asking yourself the “5W’s” (sometimes “6W’s”).

  • Who – who was involved?
  • What – what happened?
  • Where – where did it happen?
  • Why – why did it happen?
  • When – when did it happen?
  • How – how did it happen?
Then carefully follow these steps
  • Compile all your facts.
  • Know your audience.
  • Find an angle.
  • Interview people.
  • Start with the lead
  • Give all the important details. 
  • Follow up main facts with additional information
  • Conclude your article.
  • Check facts before publishing
  • Ensure you have followed your outline and have been consistent with style
  • Follow the AP Style for formatting and citing sources.

Finish by asking someone (a Journalist if possible)  to proof-read your article

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