Sunday, October 9, 2011

Writing for Local News

Man without information is as good as dead. Every morning on your way to work, you are bound to meet more than ten people reading the morning paper. Some, thanks to the new media, will be finding out the happenings around the world from the touch of their buttons. So what does it take to get your article on everyone's morning paper? If you want to start writing for you local news, here are some tips that will do you good.

You should know your audience. There are several sections in the paper, or the website or television or whatever type of media you want to use to pass your information. From the various segments you could find your niche audience and write for them. Knowing your audience will also help you come up with news stories as they are a main source of information.

You should also know the local news. This may sound obvious but each city or county has its own hunger for news and when you bring news from outside they may not receive it well. It doesn't matter how well you write, if your article is unrelated to the writing needs, then there is little chance of getting to any column. Take time to read the paper and as previously state understand what your audience and editors want.

Learn the in-house style of the media house you want to work with or better yet, develop your own. An in-house style is a particular way that a media house does its local news that sets them apart from the rest. A unique writing style will set you apart from other news reporters and grow your audience.

For local news reporting you should know the newsmakers. It is crucial that you know who makes the news and who does not. Go through other local newspapers and identify which people are listened to more than other and who gets quoted and what issues they are often sought out for. Build a good rapport with them as your ultimate aim is to get exclusives and first hand information.

Embrace technology. Right now, information is at the touch of the button. Learn to use applications like local news apps if available to get to know what is happening where are. Modern technology releases timely information and this will work well to your advantage. You could upload information as you get for your online readers. Embracing technology also means setting up a blog where you and your online audience can interact and exchange views.

Apart from the above requirements, when writing for local news reports, keep up with the rules and guidelines of journalism. Use correct grammar, good tense, active or passive voices, first or second person narratives, and quotes among others.

One of the best ways to learn about writing local news is read from the local news reporters on a daily basis to get a feel of how it is done. You'll get a wind of objective, clearly-written reports that will help you in your quest to writing for local news.

Sammy Roth is the author of this article on News App.
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