Notifying a newspaper that you or your organization has done something that is newsworthy is the first step in getting an interview with a reporter of the paper. Newsworthy stories are ones that will attract the public's attention. Routine events in your business or organization are not usually considered newsworthy. However, unusual or out-of-the-ordinary events are more likely to be considered newsworthy. Newspapers particularly like human-interest stories and news that educates their readers. Free publicity in the newspaper can bring business to your company or awareness of your organization's cause.
You will also find opinion pieces, like editorials and book and movie reviews. But this lesson deals strictly with news and feature articles. It is important to remember that both news and features demand the same level of research and reporting. Read examples of news and feature articles from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. Read them all, then write your own articles modeled after them. The best way to structure a newspaper article is to first write an outline.
One of the hardest skills for a young reporter to master is interviewing. It takes preparation and persistence to conduct a good interview. Follow these steps and learn how to interview like a pro. Then research some more. The only way to come up with good questions is to know everything there is to know about your subject.
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