How to Write a News Article


News is information about events or things that are happening now, in the past or in the future. It can also include opinions and ideas about those events or things. People have been sharing and distributing news since ancient times. They have used oral means, such as town criers, to spread the news to their communities and beyond. Modern methods of delivering the news have included newspapers, radio, television and the Internet.

The selection of what news to cover and how to treat it has been influenced by the availability of resources, the need to sell advertising, the desire to attract readers and the public’s appetite for different kinds of news. The variety of ways that people now get their news (whether through aggregator newsletters on their smartphones, TV shows or websites) has further complicated the process of selecting and treating news.

Identifying the topic of the news article is important to begin with. It can help to read other news articles and see how they are structured. This is particularly important for the lead paragraph. It can be helpful to write out the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when and why) as a way of thinking about the content of your story.

Once you know the type of information that needs to be included in your news article, research it. You can use a variety of sources, from reputable online news sites to industry experts and individuals involved in the subject matter. Use quotes from these sources to support your information and to add credibility to your piece. It is important to cite the sources of your information at the end of the news article. This will help to prevent plagiarism.

After you have researched the topic, start writing your news article. Keep in mind that the tone of your news article should be objective and informative. It can be helpful to have someone else look at your work and check for factual errors and grammatical mistakes.

The final step is to publish your article. When you submit an article for publication, it will be run through workflow where digital staff can verify that it is a true news story and adheres to our style guidelines. The article can then be published on our website. If you are unsure whether your article meets our guidelines, it is best to run it by a department chair or director before submitting it for workflow. They can ensure that the article will be edited to meet our guidelines and will be published in a timely fashion. Lastly, remember that it is important to have a clear headline and an engaging opening paragraph to your article. This will help to keep your reader’s attention and encourage them to continue reading. It is also important to have a clear and concluding paragraph that will provide your reader with the details they need to understand your news article. This may include a restatement of the leading paragraph or a statement that points to any potential future developments related to your article topic.