How to Write a News Article
News is information about current events that informs the public. It can be published in a variety of ways including through print, broadcasting and electronic communication. News can also be a vehicle for social activism and can spread both positive and negative messages to the public.
Writing a good News article takes time, effort and careful planning. It is essential to understand the audience that you are targeting so that you can write in their voice. This will ensure that your content is interesting and that it will be read, shared and talked about.
Start by asking yourself the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where and why) of your news story. This will help you to identify the key facts and information that your readership wants to know about. It is also important to understand the nuances of your audience, for example if you are writing for a national or local publication you may have to provide more detail about an event than if you were writing for a specialized community.
When composing a news article it is important to be concise, people don’t have much time and will quickly tune out if your story goes on for too long with lengthy tangents. It is recommended to include quotes from your sources and also to highlight any opinions or commentary that you may have in your article. Typically, news articles are placed above the fold on newspaper pages (where there is a crease), to ensure that readers see the most important information first and are encouraged to continue reading.