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1123 article writing

  1. 1. Articles for Magazines and Newspapers
  2. 2. A little bit of info… Articles tend to be written for newspapers and magazines. You may be asked to write an article for your English language GCSE. In this information session i am going to make everything that you need to know clear and easy to understand. YOU WILL NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT: The articles purpose The articles audience And the required format
  3. 3. Purpose: You will normally be told in the question the purpose of the article. Usually newspaper/magazine articles are written to inform, persuade or entertain. To achieve these aims, most articles will be written in a lively style and contain interesting facts and opinions. If you’re feeling ambitious you can even put forward your own opinion, BUT you must argue your opinion convincingly and clearly if you want good marks.
  4. 4. Audience: You will usually be given the target audience that your article is for in the question (e.g. young children, teenage girls/boys, the elderly etc…) The question with tell you the type of publication for the article and the intended audience. The style and tone of your article is very important as an article written for a school magazine would be very different from that of an article written for a national/local newspaper.
  5. 5. Format: The format of an article is quite straightforward. An article usually needs a main heading that makes it clear to the reader straight away what your article is about. Always use paragraphs! They will give structure to your article. If necessary write in columns, like they do in real newspaper articles. I think it gets you extra marks!!!! You can use subheadings to break up writing into clear sections.
  6. 6. What makes a good article? An effective article is carefully written, it interests the readers, informs them, makes them think and causes them to react. This can be achieved in a number of ways: Choose a subject that in interesting to you, because if its interesting to you, the chances are you will write a better article. Talk about current affairs. Choose your topic carefully and be selective. If you are writing an article for a travel magazine you can’t cover everything so think carefully about what to include as you have a time limit in the exam and you don’t want to feel like you missed something out. Use style and devices that make your article lively. This will depend on your audience. If your writing for a teen magazine you may wish to be informal and chatty.
  7. 7. Be organised! Organise your material with a purposeful way with: A catchy heading. An introduction that immediately draws the readers attention, perhaps use a question. Three or four central paragraphs (they don’t have to be really long). A short but effective conclusion, don’t repeat anything you have said previously in the article, YOU WON’T EARN ANY EXTRA MARKS!
  8. 8. GOOD LUCK!!!!