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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Belvoir Eagle

Writing For Publication

Newspaper writing is actually very simple -- it follows the five "w’s" and "h" formula. The first paragraph, or lead, is the most important as it should include the five "w’s" -- who, what, when, where and why of an event or activity -- and often the "h" -- how.

That’s the paragraph that tells the reader why the event is important and pulls a reader into the remainder of the article.

The story should then flow from the lead with the most important information at the beginning and the least important at the end.

Always ensure that there is a point of contact in the article, with phone number, and that all people have both first and last names, not just ranks and last names.

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