Do you love writing and believe that its the best way of expressing? Do you need a medium to reach out to millions and speak your mind? If you have been nodding to all these questions like Noddy then here’s an opportunity for you. First you must qualify the following points:
You are a student at any of the Indian School across the country or world.
You have a strong hold over written English language.
That’s it, if you qualify the above mentioned two points.
Be heard become a theindiapost student reporter.As a student reporter you will be given the opportunity to write developmental news , public views and your idea to Develop the India. Mail your bio data with School address and your class roll number at email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
The India Post Student Reporter Writing Guide
- Begin your article with the basic details of the story – who, what, when and where. Readers need to know the key points from the start.
- Spend the remainder of the article explaining the how and the why, saving the least important info for the end of the article in case it has to be cut .
- Use direct quotes when the subject explains or expresses something in their own words in the best or most interesting way.
- Direct quotes should be on a separate line and should end in either she/he said or said Diana. Never said she or Diana said.
- Paraphrasing explains or sums up things the subject said without directly quoting.
- Numbers one through nine are written as words and 10 and above are numbers. Two exceptions to this are when a sentence begins with a number you write it out (Twelve people attended the event) or for a student’s year level, which is written Year 6.
- Quotations and action verbs should be in the past tense – he said not he says, she crossed the finish line not she crosses the finish line.
- The first time you mention a person use their full name, Bobby Smith, but for the remainder of the article call them Bobby or if it is an adult or professional refer to them as Mr or Mrs Smith.
- Articles should be between around 300 words in length.
- Spell check your article and have a friend or parent , teacher read it before sending it in.
Guide Line for Article writing
Write an informative, yet intriguing titlePeople will click on your article link based on the headline and short summary that you provide with it. Most people get interested with headlines such as – top ten tips…, insider’s secrets…, mistakes to avoid…, and such. Tell your readers what is to follow.
The article should follow a logical sequence of thoughtThere’s nothing new about this point. Write the most important point at the top and then the supporting content. Before sitting down to write the article frame a storyboard in your mind or on paper. Do research and make a list of all the important points and them arrange them based on their importance and logic.
Divide the article in sections and give appropriate headlines and sub headlinesYour sub-headlines should be such that the reader gets interested and reads the content. The sub-heads should follow appropriate sequence so that even if readers scan the article, they get the point.
Layout and formatting of the article can make it easier to readUsing formatting elements like bold text, paragraph indents, bullet points, numbered lists, italics, and more can help you make your article much easier to scan and read. Appropriate formatting can help you accentuate your most important points.
You can add images to illustrate your point Writers generally refrain from adding illustrative images in the articles. The simple reason is that all article submission websites do not accept images. But while posting articles on your corporate websites you can make use of images and diagrams to make your subject clear. Give a text explanation of the diagram too.
Do not write very long articles Writing very long articles is a waste of time, unless your subject demands. Your readers are very busy and your article is competing for attention with million other articles, so you should come straight to the point. Don’t we all try to pick a book that’s thinnest to know about the subject? White papers should be used for providing detailed information.
Substantiate your statements by providing source of information Always mention where you got your facts from. This adds credibility to your article and also tells the reader that you are well informed about what’s happening in the world. And, don’t forget to mention the dates.
Student Reporter should abide by these rules
1. Check your facts
2. Avoid virtual vendettas
3. Obey the law
4. Weigh promises
5. Reveal secrets selectively
6. Consider what you copy
7. Learn recording limits
8. Don’t abuse anonymity
9. Shun conflicts of interest
10. Seek legal advice