Updated: Dec 6, 2020
Learn to write a news article/report in minutes| Become an expert in journalism
Are you a student looking to finish your assignment on writing a news report for school? Are you a college student writing a news article for academic research? Or are you someone who's looking to grow themselves in the career of writing or journalism? Then, you have come to the right place. Through this article, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know about writing a news report.
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Here's what you'll be learning in this article:
What is a news article/report?
What are the characteristics of journalism writing? How to write your news report in an informational, captivating, and effective manner in 2020-2021?
News article writing format and style.
News article writing example.
What is a news article?
News article writing goes by many terms, such as news reporting, news story writing, news analysis, and journalism writing. It is referred to any valuable piece of information or report that you want to spread to a wider audience in a written format. It is factual and deserves to be conveyed to the public is known as journalism writing or news article writing.
What are the characteristics of journalism writing? How to write a news story in an informational, captivating, and effective manner in 2020-2021?
A news article/story is composed of real-life events and never conveys false information.
The article should only contain factual information.
The paragraphs constituting the article should be short and to the point.
The writing of the article should be plain and easily understandable by a wider audience.
Should contain at least one quotation from a person involved in the story.
The important features of a news article include the following: a.) What is the news report about? b.) Where did the incident occur? c.) Who was involved in the incident? d.) How did the event take place, and e.) Why did the incident occur?
News article writing format and style
Title of the article: Needless to say, the title is the boss of the article when it comes to writing a news report. The more attention-grabbing and catchier your title is the better it will sell and result in a successful spread. So, keep your title strong, different, and in a manner that will invoke curiosity in the minds of the readers.
Photo: The photo should be something that fulfills the visual requirement of the incident or event. It could be a picture of the people or a place that is directly involved in the incident.
Byline is the name of the reporter/writer of the news story- Placeline is the location where the story originates.
Paragraphs 1 and 2 will contain the main characteristics of the news story that have been mentioned earlier, i.e, a.) What is the news report about? b.) Where did the incident occur? c.) Who was involved in the incident? d.) How did the event take place, and e.) Why did the incident occur?
Paragraph 3 is where you will be quoting the people involved in the incident. It should contain at least one quotation and should be written in a direct speech. (Example: Meena said, "I have been late that night.")
Paragraph 4 is the conclusion of the news story and will contain any additional information and note that you might want to convey to the audience.
1.) The news article is always written in a third person's voice.
2.) It is written in a neutral tone, unbiased, and to the point.
3.) The quotations in the news articles should always be written in a direct speech.
4.) The writing should be easy to understand.
Here's an example of a short news article:
Husband Caught Cheating On His Wife
Shaziya Khan- Ohio, USA
In today's trending news, a man by the name of Alfred Gage was caught red-handed, cheating on his wife with his girlfriend, in Ohio, yesterday.
Missing money made the wife suspicious as she followed the husband to his workplace, but instead, she found him visiting a strange woman's house. Throwing her bag at him as she watched him get cozy with his alleged girlfriend outside her house, she immediately called the cops and complained about the missing money and his deeds.
When asked by the police about her suspicions, she had said in between her cries, "He used to often come home late and insist me on lending him money. But after a while, I had stopped, and the money began to miss since then..., and now I know he's a liar and a cheat. Oh, God! I had made the biggest mistake of my life!"
The wife has filed for a divorce to end their six-months-marriage and demands his house for alimony.
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