Tips for Writing a Successful News Article
Story telling is something that everyone in the field of communications does in one way or another. Communicating a message through news articles is not just limited to reporters. Public relations professionals often have to write articles whether it is for community outreach, promoting a client, or sending out a message to the public. Effectively conveying a message to an audience could be the difference between failure or success in the PR world. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing your next article.
Have a strong lead
- A lead is what the first sentence or paragraph of a story. It gives a brief summary of what the entire article is going to be about. This often answers the who, what, where, when, and why questions. With a strong lead, the reader immediately gets an idea of what the story is about so they can make a quick decision whether or not they want to continue reading.
The Inverted Pyramid
- The inverted pyramid is an expression commonly used when describing how to format the information of a news story. It means that the most relevant information is at the beginning and minor details or background information come afterward.
- When writing a story that involves interviewing people, it is important to include direct quotes from them where it is possible. Adding quotes makes your article more personal because the reader can hear the words straight from the people involved in the story. Don’t forget to add the full name and title when including someone’s quote.
- Including excess information or going in too many directions when writing a story can make it hard to follow. Even worse, readers could miss the message you were trying to communicate with the article. Make sure you are sticking to a single topic and only including relevant information. It is a good idea to go back and reread your story to make sure it stays to one clear, concise idea.
Communication is the name of the game in Public Relations and writing is a kay component to communicating effectively with clients or any other groups of people. Keep these tips in mind to make sure you are getting the right message across.