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Writing for InJournalism

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Writing for InJournalism

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

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