Article Writing

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Article Writing:

Article Writing


An article may be defined as a piece of writing, complete in itself, in a newspaper, magazine etc. Introduction

Format Of An Article:

Format Of An Article Title Author’s Name & Designation Matter

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Interesting / Curiosity Generating Title A uthor’s Name & Designation A Picture Related To Subject The Matter

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Why Write Articles? It may be for the purpose of propagating the news, research results, academic analysis or debate. A news article discusses current or recent news of either general interest (i.e. daily newspapers) or of a specific topic (i.e. political or trade news magazines, club newsletters, or technology news websites). A news article includes accounts of eye witnesses to the happening event. It contains photographs, accounts, statistics, graphs, recollections, interviews, polls, debates on the topic, etc. The writer also gives facts and detailed information following answers to general questions like who , what , when , where , why & how. References to people are made through written accounts of interviews and debates All these are also possible by other means, but articles gives the fact along with general public view to a large audience.

Types of Articles:

Text articles Academic paper — is an academic article published in an academic journal. The status of academics is often dependent both on how many articles they have had published and on the number of times that their articles are cited by authors of other articles. Blog — Some styles of blog articles are more like articles. Other styles are written more like entries in a personal journal. Encyclopedia article — In an encyclopedia or other reference work, an article is a primary division of content. Marketing article — An often thin piece of content which is designed to draw the reader to a commercial website or product. Usenet articles — are messages written in the style of e-mail and posted to an open moderated or unmoderated Usenet newsgroup. Spoken articles In the general context, this term refers to articles produced in the form of audio recordings. They are also referred to as podcasts . Listicles Articles whose primary content is a list Types of Articles

Characteristics of well-written articles:

Article is usually on a well-defined topic or topics that are related in some way. The writer is objective and shows all sides to an issue. The sources are identified and are reliable. Show, don't tell. Characteristics of well-written articles


Publications obtain articles in a few different ways: staff written — an article may be written by a person on the staff of the publication. assigned — a freelance writer may be asked to write an article on a specific topic. unsolicited — a publication may be open to receiving article manuscripts from freelance writers. Authorship

Steps To Write An Effective Article:

Collection Of Material : You can write only when you know the subject-matter. For this purpose, it is essential that you read widely. Have a keen power of observation & write down from your own experience. Think over the topic & jot down the points that come to your mind. Make a selection of points you have jotted down & strike out those which are irrelevant or unimportant . Steps To Write An Effective Article

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Arrangement Of Material : When you have collected the material, divide it under different headings. Arrange the points in logical order. The different ideas should be collected under it’s proper heading. Avoid repetition. Writing The Article : Devote one paragraph to each main heading. See that the paragraphs are related to one another. A paragraph should talk of one main heading only. It’s first sentence should be the key sentence. All other ideas expressed in the paragraph should be related to the main idea.

Elements of an article:

Headline A Headline is text at the top of a newspaper article, indicating the nature of the article. The headline catches the attention of the reader and relates well to the topic. Modern headlines are typically written in an abbreviated style omitting many elements of a complete sentence but almost always including a non-copula verb. Elements of an article

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Byline A Byline gives the name and often the position of the writer.

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Lead The lead (sometimes spelled lede ) sentence captures the attention of the reader and sums up the focus of the story. The lead also establishes the subject, sets the tone and guides the reader into the article.

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The author may choose to open in any number of ways, including the following: An anecdote A shocking or startling statement A generalization Pure information A description A quote A question A comparison

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Body Details and elaboration are evident in the body and flow smoothly from the lead. Quotes are used to add interest and support to the story. The inverted pyramid is used with most articles. If less vital details are pushed towards the end of the story, the potentially destructive impact will be minimized.

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A feature article will follow a format appropriate for its type. Structures for feature articles may include, but are not limited to: Chronological — the article may be a narrative of some sort. Cause and Effect — the reasons and results of an event or process are examined. Classification — items in an article are grouped to help aid understanding Compare and Contrast — two or more items are examined side-by-side to see their similarities and differences List — A simple item-by-item run-down of pieces of information. Question and Answer — such as an interview with a celebrity or expert.

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Conclusion One difference between a news story and a feature article is the conclusion. Endings for a hard news article occur when all of the information has been presented according to the inverted pyramid form. By contrast, the feature article needs more definite closure. The conclusions for these articles may include, but are not limited to: a final quote a descriptive scene a play on the title or lead a summary statement

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Choose words & Phrases carefully so that they exactly express your ideas. Do not use unnecessary words. Be brief. Avoid repetition & padding. Frame short, simple & idiomatic sentences. Be clear in what you write. Do not use words which are not fully known to you. Be natural. Do not imitate other writers. Express your own ideas in your own style.

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