Please send submissions to: email@example.com
- 12 pt. Times New Roman font
- Single spaced
- Approximately 500 words
- No paragraph indents, instead use line breaks.
- Includes a title/headline
- On time!
Tips for Writing an Exceptional Article:
- General guidelines:
- Each paragraph contains ONE idea
- Keep paragraphs short: approximately 3 sentences.
- Write with clarity and simplicity.
- Headlines MUST have a subject, verb, and object
- Use the inverted pyramid
- The Inverted Pyramid
- LEAD: 1st paragraph: Who, What, Where, Why, When?
- BODY: starts with the most important ideas but trails down to the least important. Must be in chronological order.
- ENDING: concludes an article
- News articles:
- Must have direct quotes
- Must contain accurate and up to date info
- Must have a picture – contact photographer if you can’t take one
- Objective language
- Multiple quotes
- Variety of sources
- Diversity in subjects
- Avoid writing with opinion (this is not a column/editorial)
- Can be controversial, but must be appropriate
- Utilize opinions and values of the writer to create a strong and effective voice
- Do not use the column to rant, complain, or whine
- Creative and appealing to audience of students
- Keep in mind the paper is read by faculty, parents, and alumni as well
- Somehow challenge the reader or promote some sort of growth/change
- Easy to follow
- Contains a solid well-backed opinion
- Not solely based on emotion – must have reasons to back up like or dislike
- Make sure to note title, author, producer, etc.
- Clean/good craftsmanship
- Scanned into the computer
- Must have captions
- Make sure to take down names and titles of any people in the picture, for example: “Jenny Jones freshman biology major” or “Dr. Clark head of English department”
- Make sure to note where an idea or quote comes from
- If a picture/graph is borrowed from another source, note where it came from.
Questions About Submissions?
Send an email to the Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org