how to write a good newspaper article/writing?
what makes a good newspaper article?
how does newspaper writing differ from, say, essay writing (really any type of writing for that matter)?
The lead is the most important thing. If you don’t hook your reader quickly, he’s not going to keep reading. Short and punchy works best.
Keep your paragraphs short — 2 sentences on average. That creates smaller blocks on the page, which is more appealing to the eye.
Shorter articles tend to get read more, but sometimes it’s necessary to go long, like on an enterprise or investigative story.
Feature stories can be longer and can have longer leads. Photos help engage the reader.
Keep in mind that some people don’t read much of the article, so you want to have enough information in your first several paragraphs to satisfy them.
If you need to, you can break up a long story with subheads. That helps a reader jump around, skip parts and digest a story.
As the writer, you’re basically the traffic cop telling the reader when to slow down and when to speed up. Excessive commas will get in the way. Semi-colons should be used rarely and exclamation points should almost never be used.
Don’t underestimate your reader’s intelligence, but don’t over estimate their vocabulary. Don’t try to impress them with big words that only you know the meaning of.
But tricks like alliteration can move a reader along at a faster pace. Try to write like you talk but a little less informally.
A good news story should read like poetry. It has a rhythm. Avoid overuse of conjunctions, stringing too many thoughts together, repetition of words.
Be concise, what we call writing it tight. If a word can be left out, leave it out. Avoid cliches.
There are many types of writing within newspaper writing, and they’re all fairly different from the many types of non-newspaper writing.
Remember these basics: Be accurate, be thorough and be done.