Seven Steps to an Effective News Article

Sharing news articles is an excellent method for gaining publicity for your small business, nonprofit, crowdfunding campaign or upcoming event. Publishing your article in a local newspaper is always ideal, as you want to promote your organization/project towards its surrounding community.

In addition to local publicity, you can gain national publicity by publishing your article in GrantNews.press, the premier newspaper for nonprofit and business leaders. We publish articles that provide ideas and inspiration for other organizations and communities. If your article promotes a replicable business method, crafty solution to a common problem, invoking notion, etc., send it our way!

We have given you information regarding how to write an article for GrantNews, but we haven’t given you any information on how to write an article in general. Where do you start and how should you end? If you find yourself stumbling over your first few sentences or struggling with the final paragraph, we have created this list of steps just for you:

1. Select Your Topic.

The first and easiest step of writing your news article is picking the topic of discussion. Considering you decided to write an article in the first place, it is safe to assume you already have an idea in mind.

However, the subject of the article should be newsworthy. That is, the article shouldn’t simply be about your company. You want your article to function as a type of announcement, such as for upcoming events, new management or interesting employees, campaign launches, etc.

2. Conduct Your Research.

Now that you have your topic, you can begin your research. Depending on the article’s subject, you want to seek out answers to six main questions: when, where, why and how is what is happening and who is making it happen?

Feel free to be messy with your research, gathering as much information as possible. Conduct interviews with associated individuals, as direct quotations add credibility to news texts, and/or read published materials for relative information. While you may not use all the information, the extensive research will help you pick suitable details to create a well-rounded, knowledgeable article.

3. Organize Your Details.

Create an outline to organize all your research into a coherent, easy-to-understand news piece. Start by picking out the most important details from your research—information that must be used in the article. Organize your details into at least three separate sections (introduction, body and conclusion). Group the details that pertain to the same general subtopic in one section.

Note that the most important information (when, where, why, what, who and how) should be used in the first paragraph following your leading sentence. The miscellaneous and/or supporting details and interview quotations will fill out the body paragraphs and the details regarding the audience should be saved for the conclusion.

4. Establish Your Writer Persona.

Before you begin writing, consider your ideal audience. Who will read your news piece? You want to write in a tone of voice that interests that specific market. In addition to crafting your tone of voice, consider the appropriate terminology. For example, you would not use business jargon in an article announcing new playground equipment at a local park.

5. Write a Compelling Sentence.

The first sentence is the most important part of your article. It must grab the audience by the gut—make them want to continue reading. When creating an interesting leading sentence, consider simply saying it aloud to someone unrelated to the article. Does he/she want to hear more?

6. Fluff Out Your Outline.

If you have an effective outline, the article will practically write itself. With your established tone of voice, simply write each section of your article using your chosen details and smooth transitions. Read it aloud and ask yourself (or a friend) if anything sounds out of place.

7. Write a Conclusion.

As mentioned before, your conclusion contains information specifically for your audience. You want to end the article by giving the audience something to take away. What have they learned? Should they make reservations for an upcoming event? Should they donate to your new crowdfunding campaign? If so, why? Your conclusion is the key to generating good publicity; tell your audience why this information should matter to them. Then, tell them what they should do with this information.

Now that you know how to write an article, start publicizing your business or nonprofit with a news piece on GrantNews.press. Click here for more information on publishing your article. We look forward to reading your work!

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantNews.press.

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http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-News-Article

Experience and Expand U.S. Travel and Tourism

In the coming months, summer will come to an end and fall will begin. This means two things: the temperature is dropping and the leaves are changing, making it the perfect time for camping! GrantWatch Founder and CEO Libby Hikind is celebrating autumn’s approach by buying her brother a lifetime senior pass from the National Park Service. If you are 62+ years old, you can purchase a lifetime pass for only $10. But you better move fast, as that generous price will jump to $80 on August 28th

Visit “national park sites protecting our country’s cultural, historical and environmental heritage in every U.S. state as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands” (mnn.com). Purchase your pass at a federal recreation area/site near you. For a list of participating offices in each state, click here.

If you haven’t reached that glorious age of seniority to be eligible for the lifetime park pass, don’t let a few years stop you from experiencing the natural wonders of the United States. The world of travel and tourism is flourishing and growing, and GrantWatch is committed to cultivating that progress.

Find travel and tourism grants to promote, expand and preserve cultural heritage, recreational events, historical sites, natural wonders, and so much more on GrantWatch.com


Travel & Tourism Grants on GrantWatch.com

Indemnity Program for USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Protect Art and Artifacts on Exhibit

An indemnity program is available to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies holding collections on exhibit within the country. 

Deadline: 12/15/17 11:59 PM ET

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Public Programs to Enhance Humanities Touring Exhibits

Grants of $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for public ancillary humanities programming in support of qualifying traveling exhibitions. 

Deadline: 12/27/17 5:00 PM EST

Scholarships to USA High School Students to Travel to Israel on a Summer Program

Scholarships ranging from $750 to $1,000 to USA teens to participate in the funding source's trip to Israel. 

Deadline: 02/26/18

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantNews

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Not All Homeless People Are Created Equal

A few days ago, our Founder and CEO Libby Hikind parked her car in the Best Buy parking lot. Across the lot, sitting on the curb under a tree, were two men. One appeared to be homeless. He was eating dinner while the other, who seemed to be an outreach worker or minister, listened and offered counsel.

Following that event, our CEO coincidently clicked a video on her Facebook feed that she later shared with her staff. Libby wanted to see if we had the same pre-conceived assumptions and if we would be surprised by the content.

After speaking with my CEO and watching the video, I wanted to write this article.

Let me run you through a brief situation. You just left Walmart, the trunk of your car is bogged down with groceries, and you reach the stoplight just outside the parking lot. The light flashes to yellow as the car ahead of you zooms through the intersection. You make a safe stop as the light turns red.

As you take in your surroundings, considering what you’ll eat for dinner, you catch a glimpse of a man with a sign standing on the sidewalk. He is wearing tattered clothing and his sign reads “Hungry and Homeless. Anything Helps.” He makes his way to the driver’s side of your car. You might give him the spare change in your cup holder or an apple from the bag of produce sitting in your passenger seat, but are you thinking:

  • What bad decisions did he make to put himself in this situation?
  • Why doesn’t he get a job? (He looks able bodied.)
  • Is he mentally ill—should I not have rolled down my window?
  • Will he spend my hard-earned money on drugs or alcohol?
  • Does he have more money than me—is this all an act?

In a heart-to-heart discussion with her staff, Libby Hikind shared the following:

“We have all seen the nightly news video of a homeless woman, who received countless donations from generous people, take off her wig and dirty clothing in her BMW and drive to the mall to shop-till-she-drops. We’ve seen homeless people walk into the liquor store to buy a pint with the few dollars they were given. But should we really consider all homeless persons to be fakers, drunks and cheats?

When I saw this video, I said to myself ‘Here goes. Finally, the stereotype cracked wide open!!!’”

Be careful with assumptions and generalizations. They are fraught with false pretenses, misjudgment and horrible stereotypes. This video puts some of those negative feelings at arm’s length and suggests a new, generous mindset that we need to create programs for these uprooted men and women.

Is it not better to give just in case someone really is hungry, destitute and/or homeless? Doesn't the Almighty credit us for our good intentions and positive thoughts? (Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of GrantWatch)

Don’t let negative stereotypes of homeless individuals stop you from helping those who desperately require your assistance. GrantWatch strives to help people in need and provides a multitude of grants to help you spread necessary support as well.

Grants for the Homeless

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Food, Housing, Health, Safety, and Education Programs

Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to nonprofits in Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah, and Washington in communities served by the funding source for programs that support the needs of vulnerable children and families, and provide basic needs like food, housing, healthcare, safety, and education.

Deadline: Ongoing – Grant requests will be reviewed quarterly.


Grants to USA Veterans to Construct, Purchase, or Renovate Homes to Accommodate Disabilities

Grants to USA military service members and veterans with disabilities that require special housing adaptations.

Deadline: Ongoing

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantNews. Libby Hikind is the Founder and CEO of GrantWatch and its various divisions.