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Tips in News Writing

45 Comments 🕔10.Aug 2009

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1.    Use the 3rd person point of view
Unlike in feature writing where one can use the 1st person, 2nd, and 3rd approach, news stories should be in the 3rd person only because news are events that are reported to the people basically for information.

Example:
“Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino was laid to rest, Aug. 5, which was made as national holiday to give chance to all Filipinos to sympathize with the bereaved family and to ponder on the legacy of faith and freedom left by Cory to the nation.”

NOT this: (2nd person)
“You must have attended President Cory’s funeral, one significant event in Philippine history. (except when the story is a news feature.)

NOT this: (1st person)
“I tied a yellow ribbon to each post in my house as my unique way of expressing my sentiments and appreciation for what Cory has done for the country.”

This could be a part of a diary or if it were a quoted remark, source should be cited and be made a part of a news feature.

2.    Use adjectives sparingly.
You can use all the adjectives that you want in feature writing but NOT in the News. Adjectives and other descriptive words connote opinion and subjectivity which is contrary to, of course, objectivity, which is a quality needed in news, particularly in straight news reporting.
Though, it is alright to say “…the big tremor of 1990…” since it was really a strong or big (intensity 7) earthquake which was experienced in 1990.

But NOT in this case: “The beautiful principal explained the meaning of BESRA, which is Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda.”
The use of the adjective “beautiful” is NOT proper if this statement were to be a part of the news report, unless it is a quoted statement.

3.    The straight news story follows the inverted pyramid structure – that is – facts are arranged according to diminishing importance – from the top or beginning (most important data) to the concluding part (least important details).

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4.    The news story may also start with feature leads, such as the following:
a.   Quotation Lead: “The Filipinos are worth it.” – Kris Aquino. (referring to the love (0f country)/ sacrifices made by her parents, Ninoy and Cory Aquino)

b.   Question Lead: “Will Kris enter politics, too?”

c.    Staccato Lead: “Yellow roses. Yellow ribbons. Yellow balloons. Yellow T-shirts. Yellow confetti. All these dominated Cory’s last day on earth; and all these signify love for Cory from the Filipino nation and even the world.”

d.   Descriptive Lead: “Yellow ribbons hug every post. Patriotic songs linger the air waves. Even Dawn’s ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon” comes alive. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) offers a volley of fire. Eight canon balls continuously blasting, one every thirty minutes until sunset. Philippine flags, half-mast. Tears flooded the nation. The worldwide icon of democracy just passed away. “  (CHIT-chats)

e.    Punch Lead: “Beware of young terrorists!” (students who are vindictive over failing grades)

f.   Parody Lead: “Tying a yellow ribbon under casinos the ole oak tree…as a message of love to Cory was one of the commonplace sights during the bloodless EDSA revolution and Cory’s passing away recently.”

5.   Timeliness is an indispensable news value. So it is important to present the fresh angle or the newest angle of the event.

Tips in News Writing

1.    Use the 3rd person point of view
Unlike in feature writing where one can use the 1st person, 2nd, and 3rd approach, news stories should be in the 3rd person only because news are events that are reported to the people basically for information.
Example:
“Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino was laid to rest, August 5, which was made as national holiday to give chance to all Filipinos to sympathize with the bereaved family and to ponder on the legacy of faith and freedom left by Cory to the nation.”
NOT this: (2nd person)
“You must have attended President Cory’s funeral, one significant event in Philippine history. (except when the story is a news feature.)
NOT this: (1st person)
“I tied a yellow ribbon to each post in my house as my unique way of expressing my sentiments and appreciation for what Cory has done for the country.”
This could be a part of a diary or if it were a quoted remark, source should be sited and be made a part of a news feature.

2.    Use adjectives sparingly.
You can use all the adjectives that you want in feature writing but NOT in the News. Adjectives and other descriptive words connote opinion and subjectivity which is contrary to, of course, objectivity, which is a quality needed in news, particularly in straight news reporting.
Though, it is alright to say “…the big tremor of 1990…” since it was really a strong or big (intensity 7) earthquake which was experienced in 1990.
But NOT in this case: “The beautiful principal explained the meaning of BESRA, which is Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda.”
The use of the adjective “beautiful” is NOT proper if this statement were to be a part of the news report, unless it is a quoted statement.

3.    The straight news story follows the inverted pyramid structure – that is – facts are arranged according to diminishing importance – from the top or beginning (most important data) to the concluding part (least important details).

4.    The news story may also start with feature leads, such as the following:
a.    Quotation Lead: “The Filipinos are worth it.” – Kris Aquino. (referring to the sacrifices made by her parents, Ninoy and Cory Aquino)
b.    Question Lead: “Will Kris enter politics, too?”
c.    Staccato Lead: “Yellow roses. Yellow ribbons. Yellow balloons. Yellow T-shirts. Yellow confetti. All these dominated Cory’s last day on earth; and all these signify love for Cory from the Filipino nation and even the world.”
d.    Descriptive Lead: “Yellow ribbons hug every post. Patriotic songs linger the air waves. Even Dawn’s ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon” comes alive. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) offers a Volley of Fire. Eight canon balls continuously blasting, one every thirty minutes until sunset. Philippine flags, half-masked. Tears flooded the nation. The worldwide icon of democracy just passed away. “  (CHIT-chats)
e.    Punch Lead: “Beware of young terrorists!” (students who are vindictive over failing grades)
f.    Parody Lead: “Tying a yellow ribbon under the ole oak tree…as a message of love to Cory was one of the commonplace sights during the bloodless EDSA revolution and Cory’s passing away recently.”
5.    Timeliness is an indispensable news value. So it is important to present the fresh angle or the newest angle of the event.

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45 Comments

  1. 🕔 14:55, 16.Sep 2009

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    • 🕔 16:48, 30.Aug 2012

      lovely

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      • 🕔 16:49, 30.Aug 2012

        lovely

        thanks for the tips…,

        its sure that i can use this for the upcoming competion in journalism….,

        im lucky that i saw this site so..,

        thanks a lot again…,

        now i can correct my mistakes…,

        i admit…, journalism rocks!

        proud journalist.

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  2. 🕔 19:24, 30.Nov 2009

    ronald

    tnx 4 dz stuff
    now i know my mistakes in newswriting,
    i can use this 4 d incoming rspc that will be held at Gapan,Nueva Ecija

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  3. 🕔 17:00, 06.Jul 2010

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  11. 🕔 10:54, 09.Oct 2010

    trabaho sa pinas

    Corazon Aquino is known as a woman of very humble character, that filipinos loves her and esteemed her so much. Her heritage will be in each filipino’s minds!

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  12. 🕔 21:21, 13.Oct 2010

    Jillianne

    thanks po! i already have an idea kung paano ko mag start gumawa mamg news story.. sobrang laki nang tulong po ito sa finals namin bukas

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  13. 🕔 3:08, 02.Nov 2010

    A DC

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  14. 🕔 18:56, 10.Nov 2010

    mikaela

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  21. 🕔 21:36, 23.Mar 2011

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  22. 🕔 21:24, 18.Jul 2011

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  23. 🕔 20:37, 18.Aug 2011

    Alvin Teodoro

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  24. 🕔 19:53, 28.Sep 2011

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  28. 🕔 17:11, 01.Dec 2011

    angelica dayo

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    • 🕔 11:03, 05.Dec 2011

      journaliz

      I hope the contest went out well for you Angelica Dayo! Where are you from? how’s the result of the DSPC? By the way, the student I coached for Feature Writing won 1st place in DSPC just this Dec. 1 :)

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    • 🕔 9:38, 08.Nov 2012

      reyna.feature writer

      you suck angelica .. are you really a writer ??

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  29. 🕔 4:00, 29.Apr 2012

    Daryl

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  30. 🕔 20:52, 16.Sep 2012

    awewa

    weak,its awful that’s not the way to write news!!!! just ask the expert…..

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  31. 🕔 19:31, 26.Sep 2012

    trisha orayan

    thanks sa lessons for my “JOURNALISM CAREER” para malaman ko ang gagawin ko for the contest.

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  32. 🕔 19:33, 26.Sep 2012

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  33. 🕔 19:37, 26.Sep 2012

    trisha orayan

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  34. 🕔 19:39, 26.Sep 2012

    erica orayan

    niloloko mo ba ako ha?

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  35. 🕔 18:23, 22.Oct 2012

    Janelle

    please give me more tips for news writing (english or filipino) I need them. Thanks

    reply comment
  36. 🕔 18:25, 22.Oct 2012

    Janelle

    pleasep pray for me!! Tomorrow is my contest DSPC! Im sure your prayers will be of great help!! Thanksko

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  37. 🕔 9:13, 12.Dec 2012

    yeng

    ..tnx for this site ..
    now i know how to write a news..
    beginners pa lang po kasi ako sa pagsusulat ang taas na ng spectation skin ng EIC nmin..
    i know na maka2tulong to sa pagsisimula ko pra di na ko pagalitan ng Editor In Chief nmin sa school..

    #campus press

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