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Brady's photo outfit in front of Petersburg, Va

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How to Write a News Article

Task:

Write a newspaper article that reports the facts associated with your selected photograph.

Style:

You will be writing in a different style than you are used to in class. Newspaper articles generally contain sentences and paragraphs that are short and direct. Most paragraphs in news articles contain a maximum of three sentences.

Format:

Newspaper articles should contain the following items:

  • Headline - An attention getting phrase at the top of the article.
  • Byline -  By, your name.
  • Lead Paragraph - Start with a strong, interesting sentence to get the reader engaged. Include the who,what, when, where, why, and how as appropriate.
  • Explanation and Details - This section will include several brief paragraphs describing the details in your photograph.
  • Background - This section will include several brief paragraphs explaining events leading up to the picture, related national stories, etc.

Bias:

Newspaper articles should be written without bias. In other words, you should report the facts objectively – don’t give opinions in your news article.

Works Cited:

You also need to create a Works Cited list that includes at least two sources. This must be in correct format.