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  • Writing for InJournalism
  • Tips . . . http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/000118.php
    • Know your audience
    • Think first – think different
    • Tailor your news gathering
    • Write tight
    • Explain
    • Intros are vital
  • http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/000118.php
    • Don't “pile on”
    • Keep it short but sweet
    • Break it up
    • Eliminate the guesswork
    • Link when you like
    • Take risks
    Tips . . .
    • At most use two sentences per paragraph
    • 300 words for a straight news story / preview / review
    • 500/600 words for a well-researched, well-sourced feature
    Style . . .
  • Images
    • from flickr.com/creative commons
    • Accredit the owner in the title box
    • You can customise the image to whatever size you want by clicking the HTML button (top right) then altering the width="159" height="240" part - but make sure it looks ok before sending for pending .
    • Headlines should be literal
    • E.g. Eddie Izzard: Movie screens to Metro arena NOT ‘Comedy comes to North East’
    Headlines
  • Links!
    • First - It’s becoming increasingly important to use links AND it gets more exposure for your work!
    • Link to what people are saying elsewhere (blogs, forums, specific articles)
    • Link to other articles on InJ - even to other articles of your own - cheeky but clever!
    http://www.buzzmachine.com/2008/07/28/the-imperatives-of-the-link-economy/
    • You can start your own discussion in the InJ Forum (on anything!) - link to that
    • It’s all about conversation online - interact with your reader. Provoke them (in a nice way) to comment on your story - get them to go into the Forum and debate!
    http://www.buzzmachine.com/2008/07/28/the-imperatives-of-the-link-economy/ Conversation
    • Have a literal headline
    • Get to the point
    • Short paragraphs
    • Link, link, link
    • Engage with reader
    Summary
    • If you need any more info or help please don’t hesitate to contact us:
    • [email_address]
    • [email_address] (07902655575)
    • Twitter @injournalism for when we’re around campus
    • 1pm Mondays, Newsroom, Media Centre