How to Write a News Article


News is current and interesting events from every corner of the world, gathered from the moment they happen and brought to readers as quickly as possible. The goal of a good news story is to tell what is happening right now, while at the same time explaining why it is significant and important.

When writing a news article it is important to know your audience. Whether you are writing for your own publication or as a school assignment asking questions like who is this article for, what do they want to know and how can I give them the information they need will inform you on how to present the facts in a way that catches their attention.

It is also helpful to research the subject thoroughly so you can find more facts and details to add to your story. If the story is about a local event for instance you may want to get more quotes from people who were involved or those who are affected by it, and interview them if you can. If you are working on a national story the scope of your research is likely to be wider and include interviews with key figures.

Once you have all the necessary research done it is time to start putting it together. A well written news article will begin with a snappy headline that concisely informs the reader of what the article is about while at the same time seizing their interest. The paragraphs in the body of the article should be short and to the point with any statements or opinions clearly labelled as such and attributed to a source you’ve vetted.

A good news article will always end with a strong concluding statement. Often this will be a restatement of the leading statement, or a comment on potential future developments in relation to the topic. For inspiration on how to do this it can be useful to read other news articles, or watch the TV news for examples of how it is done.

News is important because it helps us stay informed about the world around us. It can be about a wide range of topics from current affairs to sport and even entertainment. National newspapers tend to focus more on things that effect the entire population, whereas local papers cover events that affect specific communities.

Discussing the news with your students can be a great way to get them interested in reading and listening to the latest stories. In addition to this, it can help them develop their analytical skills by examining how the news is presented in different media outlets. It can be particularly beneficial for students who are studying journalism and related subjects. By looking at the differences between news reports on the same topic, they can learn how to identify and analyze bias in the reporting of the news. This is an essential skill for journalists to have.