Newspaper Assignment 5: write an article on a topic of your choice

Write an article of your choice
Review: Formula for a Well-Written News Article

1.  First paragraph

In your first one or two sentences tell who, what, when, where, and why. Try to hook the reader by beginning with a funny, clever, or surprising statement. Go for variety: try beginning your article with a question or a provocative statement.
2.  Second/Third/Fourth paragraphs

Give the reader the details. Include one or two quotes from people you interviewed. Write in the third person (he, she, it, they). Be objective — never state your opinion. Use quotes to express others’ opinions!

3. Last paragraph

Wrap it up somehow ( don’t leave the reader hanging. Please don’t say….”In conclusion” or “To finish…” (yawn!) Try ending with a quote or a catchy phrase.

  • Use active words (verbs that show what’s really happening.)
  • Take notes when you interview. Write down quotes!
  • Tell the really interesting info first!


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