How to Write News

The aim of News is to inform, educate and entertain. It’s about putting facts in front of people briefly so that they will read them, clearly so that they will understand them, picturesquely so that they will remember them and, above all, accurately so that they will be guided by them.

Most of the information in a news article comes from sources like press services (Reuters and AP, for example), government departments and agencies, and local and national politicians. The news may also come from television and radio broadcasts or the Internet. Newspapers also provide a lot of the news, and many of them have websites as well.

Once you’ve gathered your facts and information you need to put it all together. This is the most important step. Start with a strong headline, and be sure to follow the Associated Press guidelines for writing a headline (unless your publication specifies otherwise). Then write the lead, which is an overview of the entire story including some basic facts. This is followed by the body of the article, and finally a conclusion.

If you are unsure that your news article is accurate or complete, have another person read it. It’s always good to have an extra set of eyes, and a trained editor will be able to point out spelling or grammatical errors that you may have overlooked. Also, they can help you trim down awkward sentences or simplify complicated ones.

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