Guidelines for News Writing

Hi there!

I found this post on Google, and it might be a lot of help for you as it did for me. Happy Reading!

Balancing Facts and Style

Readers need to know the facts and who or what may be affected by them. Related stories and background information make up the context and the emotional parts of the story show the human side of it.

Following are tips on writing a compelling and gripping news report.

Facts: The facts will answer the: who, what, when, where, why, and how of the news event. A writer has a responsibility to make sure his facts are accurate.

Style: When writing a news report, use the active voice. The active voice is more understandable and has more impact. Make short, concise sentences with action verbs. Your language needs to be simple and not have extra words that don’t really contribute to the focus of the story. While you are writing, try to anticipate any questions a reader might have while reading your story.

Writing a Good Lead

The lead is the first few sentences of the story. It needs to be strong so it will grab the readers and make them want to read more.

Leads need to tell the reader what the story is about and why it is important. The lead tells the reader why he should read the story. It needs to sound like you are having a conversation; that you are telling a friend about the latest news.

Some errors that are found in leads include the lead having more than one main idea. When this happens, the reader is unclear as to what the story is about.

Some leads are lifeless, and need some tension or something that pushes the reader to read on, like dangling a carrot in front of a hungry rabbit.

Leads are sometimes dull and predictable. It’s good to make the reader smile or be surprised sometimes.

Lastly, leads can exclude certain readers if they are full of jargon.  Make sure the news report is suitable for everyone to read.


Tips for Better Writing

Here are a few additional tips for writing that apply to writing in general:

Words should not be too long or complicated. A news story is not the place to try and impress people with your intelligence or your command of the English language. Pick your words carefully so they are concise and you will use fewer words overall.

Use a simple subject verb object form.

Don’t use too many commas.

Paragraphs need to say something new and, like sentences, be short and to the point.

Never put more than three prepositional phrases into one sentence.

Never put more than three numbers in one sentence.



Being a News Section Editor 101

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Last blog post was all about the major event I look forward to, but prior to that. I received another… I don’t know what to call it. Uhm, responsibility? task? designation? Whatever. So, as stated in the title. I became the new News Section Editor. (That sounded cute.) Anyway, I don’t know what to say. I think it’s actually a very BIG responsibility and I expect that it will be a lot of stress.

I have eleven writers under my section and three of them are older than me. I met all of them at our General Membership Meeting, and maybe it’ll be a lot more easier because I have them and they got me. I’ve felt the connection between us and having that one goal of making our section better.

Being the only Grade 11 student in the Board of Section Editors wasn’t easy. I asked the previous News Section Editor for some tips and it helped me a lot (Hey ate Jly! Thank you so much x.) I also prepared guidelines for my writers which I also wanted to share with you in another post.

Simply Ally

Going to Baguio for the 2nd Time!

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So, for today’s blog it will be a short story time haha. Lately, I’ve been busy because it’s our exam week and actually I’ve been planning to post on updates but then…

I’ve been selected to represent our school on a National Science Quiz Bee. 😲 Well, it’s really surprising and a bit unexpected because I never thought I would make it. Anyway, APPSAM or the Association of Philippine Private School Administrators and Mentors hosts the 3-day, National Youth Leadership Assembly and Talent Fair it will be held in Baguio. Under this assembly are academic contests like Math, Science, Spelling, and General Information. Some other contests are Extemporaneous Speech, Poetry Writing, Essay Writing, Speech Choir and Poster Making. Lastly and the most awaited part of the event, is the Search for Mr. and Ms. APPSAM Personality.

Last year, I joined the event as well. I was one of the representatives for the Speech Choir in which we won at 2nd place. This year, I guess it will be different. I missed the cold weather, the strawberry taho and just the whole trip. It’s such an amazing experience and it’s surely a great way to have new friends and be closer to your schoolmates.

I’ll definitely write about the whole experience as soon as I got home. (But, I’m still going to write about it in our school paper.)

It’s only 6 days away from now. I’m so excited!

Simply Ally


8 School Must-Haves!

Hi there!

The month of June is about to end. I’m probably too late to post the things I’ve got for school. (Also, I’ve used all of them already.) I had classes for the past two weeks, and it’s been outrageously fun. Everything is just fine and a little bit busy but today I felt the need to write so, I will be sharing my very own must-haves for school. Enjoy! 😄

  1. Plastic Envelopes 
    – They save all of my papers, handouts, folders, forms and important documents. I prefer clear plastic envelopes because you can easily find what you’re looking for.
  2. Binder and Fillers
    – In my school, we are required to use a binder instead of notebooks and for me, it’s easier and comfortable. It doesn’t add much weight to your bag and you got all your subjects in one go.
  3. Post-it Notes and Flags
    – Having a binder as my number one writing material, I use color-coded sticky flags so that the fillers inside would be separated and I could distinguish which is which easily. I also use Post-it Notes as a reminder for the things that I haven’t accomplished yet.
  4. Yellow Pad / Color Ruled Pad
    – Some people might have the “Yellow” pad but I have the Color Ruled thing, it’s from Cattleya. They’re both in the same size so it doesn’t matter anyway. I use this as a scratch or draft paper. Since it is really spacious and whenever I see it I automatically become eager to write. It’s really helpful especially when I plan or plot some stuff, the ideas just kept on coming.
  5. Colored Pens
    – I love M&G Colored Gel Pens, you should try them out! I use these for graphing in our General Math subject, whenever I make concept maps or diagrams, and even in highlighting some important notes. It makes my notes colorful and I really enjoy using and having it.
  6. Pilot’s Frixion and G-tec 
    – These are the only two black ballpen that I used since I was in 6th grade. It may be pricey but the quality is not so-so. There are also refills available in the market so you won’t have to buy a new pen every now and then.
  7. Mechanical Pencil and Lead 
    – I prefer this pencil more than the traditional ones because you won’t have to sharpen it and I can control it better.
  8. Ruler, Stapler and Scissors.
    – I use my ruler for General Math subject and sometimes we use it also in Arts. These tools are all important for school because you’ll never know when you’ll need them.

This concludes my blog post for today. I’m sorry I couldn’t provide pictures for all these but I will update them as soon as I learn how to edit them myself. I’m having a hard time learning and probably I’ll just have to ask my friend if he could teach me how. Anyway, that’s all the items I can really claim as a “must-have” for school.

I hope you guys liked it and I’ll see you in my next blog!

Simply Ally

Photo Credits: Pinterest


Starting again for the 3rd time

It’s me again.

I’m back for the third time, as I said before, starting a blog is easy but maintaining it gets harder each and every day. I’ve been reading a couple of articles here at WordPress and some bloggers really inspired me to put my blog on again.

I’ve been looking for filipino bloggers here or at any other blog sites, if you do know any please let me know. Also, I’ve done changes in this site starting of with the title, the previous one is “Hey There Allysa” and now it’s “Simply Ally”. I deleted all of my previous blog posts too just because I don’t feel like putting them on again.

I wanted to make new posts and this time it will be more organized. (I guess?)

Aside from being inspired, I wanted to push through with this because I’m a student again. Back in the summer, I didn’t really have much time to write about things and it’s just that we go out really often. Now, I think would be the perfect time to start because I have a really nice schedule. Our dismissal time is a whole lot early than the previous schedule and that means, I can write more!

I feel so sorry for everyone and for not hearing from me for a couple of months, since I started. Also, I’m sorry if I went on and off already. I just really wish I could keep it going this time.

See you on my next blog!

Simply Ally