IAC News Summary

Imagine A Change News only accepts news on important, interesting, or uplifting topics that focus on facts and relevant thought on those topics from expert and influential entities in their respective field.

We don’t write or accept editorial or opinion pieces that analyze. All articles are about facts or key other’s thoughts on those facts. All quotes and writing should be related to the facts to help inform readers. In addition to one’s opinion, IAC News will not post feuds or other irrelevant discussions that distract from the relevant story.

Article Writing Requirements

Effective writing is simple and clear. Remove all unnecessary words.

News articles should be 450 words minimum. APA style. Use active voice and ensure you setup MS word to check for appropriate grammar and spelling.

Once a current topic is found. Find the best original sources and discover how they fit together. Copies or re-writes of existing articles are not accepted and considered plagiarism.

Each article should be a HARD news story and should only gather the facts from what key people have said or done about that topic in recent time. Finding current news, and then supporting it with other recent and specifically related facts and thought on the topic is essential to providing our readers with more pertinent context and information.

Organization

How to write a news article: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Hard-News-Article
Proper Hard News Sample: http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/journalism1/journalism-writing-the-hard-news-story/

  • Headline
    • Short and sweet
  • Byline
    • Name of Author and Date
  • Lead
    • Placeline
    • Lead
      • Why is this important to readers?
      • Most important info
      • Introduction to topic
      • Answering most of the 5Ws
  • Body
    • Supporting Quotes
    • Supporting Facts

Acceptance Review

  1. No personal opinion?
  2. Headline matches article?
  3. Answers who, what, where, when, why and how?
  4. Enough detail (approx 400-750 words)?
  5. Quotations or Facts referenced?
  6. Third person narration?
  7. Proper spelling and grammar?
  8. Proper organization and formatting?

E-mail articles to: staff at imagineachange dot org

Basic references:
How to write a news article: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Hard-News-Article
Proper Hard News Sample: http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/journalism1/journalism-writing-the-hard-news-story/