Quick Tips when Writing News Stories

There are a few basic rules to follow for structure and then there’s the content.

The Basic Rules*

Use short sentences.

Use a short first paragraph (The Lead)

Be eloquent and energetic

Be positive not neutral or negative

*These are also known as Hemingway’s rules

About the lead

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Bones of the Story

Who is the story about

What happened

When did it happen

Where did it happen

Why did it happen

This is a pretty basic structure and once you have these written, the rest is easy.

Story Flow

Use Quotes for Authority

Stay on Target

Tie it all together

Editing

Other important writing points

Say what you want to say in as few words as possible.

Use strong verbs instead of adjectives or adverbs.

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ADDENDUM

Get higher responses to your stories by giving them a current trending news story angle. It doesn’t have to be about that topic, but you can stand out by tweaking your topic.

Also, people don’t like to fish through stories to find the main point, so don’t ‘Bury the Lead’.

Try and put a human angle on a story. Readers love to put a human face to it, so don’t hide behind Company names, make it personal. Make it people first if you can.

Anthony Acosta Sc.D. is an Award-Winning Creative Director. Author, Consultant, Marketing Strategist, Engineer, Developer. Aspie. http://anthonyacosta.me

Anthony Acosta Sc.D. is an Award-Winning Creative Director. Author, Consultant, Marketing Strategist, Engineer, Developer. Aspie. http://anthonyacosta.me