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About this Guide

This guide gathers library and web resources pertinent to the practice of journalism, including library databases for articles on any and all topics. There are also links to statistic sources, public records, fact checking resources, and directions about how to write a news story.

Newspaper Article Outline

From Scholastic: How to write a newspaper article

Article outline

I. Lead sentence

Grab and hook your reader right away.

II. Introduction

Which facts and figures will ground your story? You have to tell your readers where and when this story is happening.

III. Opening quotation 

What will give the reader a sense of the people involved and what they are thinking?

IV. Main body

What is at the heart of your story?

V. Closing quotation

Find something that sums the article up in a few words.

VI. Conclusion (optional—the closing quote may do the job)