Journalism articles submitted to the Bioethics showcase should:
- Be double spaced
- Op-Ed Pieces: 400-800 words
- Articles: 800-1200 words
- “Special Reports” can be up to 2,000 words (more like magazine articles)
Use your own training, but if you want some tips on how to approach a story:
Basic story structure:
- Intros/Leads – a few different kinds. The summary intro addresses the 5 Ws – Who? What? When? Where? Why? The wrap intro pulls together several pieces of information about related events or themes. It looks at the big picture. The analysis intro states an argument or comes to a conclusion. The feature intro is anecdotal or narrative and sets the scene.
- Be sure that you answer the question, so what? Assume the reader is new to the story, what is the context? Is this a change in trend? What is at stake? Explain why you are doing this story. [These questions are sometimes referred to as the “nut graph” in journalism.]
- Sourcing – tell the reader how you know what you know and when you obtained the information. Use quotes and data.
- Quotes – should be used to add news analysis or color. They should help move the story along.
Other things to think about:
- Grow the story – expand on the items, events, data, and themes in your intro sequentially. Write subheadings to use as building blocks. Focus on forward-looking analysis.
- Reread for accuracy and fairness
Criteria adapted from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Reuters.
For more information on reporting and writing basics – http://handbook.reuters.com/index.php?title=Reporting_and_Writing_Basics