Short attention grabbing headline in sentence case

Name Here / January 1, 2018

Photo caption linking the picture to your story. This should not just be an explanation of what we see.
(Christine German / BCIT News)

Your first sentence should explain the focus of your article (like the thesis sentence of an essay). Make sure it hooks the audience and makes them want to read more.

The next paragraph can summarize the issue in a bit more detail. Sometimes this will include a brief recap of background information to reinforce why the reader should care about your story. (*note* Save all detailed background info for the end of your article.)

Paragraph introducing your first voice. Try to have a quote within the first 2-3 paragraphs and remember to set up your quotes before we see them ie: explain who we are hearing from and how they are involved in the story.

“Your first quote goes here. Important information you need to know about the focus of the article from a person who has a stake in the story” – Speaker Name, Title or Organization (even if you have already introduced them)

The next few paragraphs should provide additional information supporting your focus. Make sure everything you include ties back to that same central focus. If it doesn’t, then it’s probably background info and can go lower in your article.

If you are going to include other photos or multi-media components, try to reference them in your article, or at least place them beside the section of the article with which they relate.

Introduce your second voice and explain how they tie into the story.

BCIT Broadcast students prepare for the taping of the campus TV show, BCIT Magazine.
(Mary Kay Thurston / BCIT News)

The next few paragraphs should provide additional information supporting your focus. Make sure everything you include ties back to that same central focus. If it doesn’t, then it’s probably background info and can go lower in your article.

Introduce your second voice and explain how they tie into the story.

“Your second quote goes here. More important information you need to know about the focus of the article from a person who has a stake in the story” – Speaker Name, Title or Organization (even if you have already introduced them)

Make sure to include a few lines of text to set up an multi-media element. This means you should explain what we see before we see it. This will help give context to the media while also making the article visually appealing. ie: BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism Instructors took to social media to drum up applicants for the program.