1. Write with clarity. As a journalist, you must fully understand that your main goal is to inform or educate the masses. This will not happen if you make your news articles very difficult to understand. So, I suggest that you keep it as simple and as clear as possible. Take into consideration the levels of comprehension of your readers and their educational background. Use the words that they’re very familiar with and their language.
2. Keep it concise. You’ve got very limited space to fill up. So, ensure that you keep your articles short and brief. You can do this by putting only the most important details on your articles and by using the most effective words in telling your stories. Beating around the bush and using fillers are big no-no’s in news article writing.
3. Offer the best information first. Use the inverted pyramid technique when writing your articles. Load up your first paragraph with every bits of information that your readers need to know to get a very clear picture of your chosen stories. You will need to do this because your audience are most likely to be pressed for time and they’ll most likely to read just the first paragraph.
4. Verify your data. You cannot afford to insert unverified data in your articles as this will surely ruin your credibility. So, take as much time as you need in making sure that all the information you have in hand are based on facts. If needed, cross reference your resources.
5. Check your articles. Ensure that your articles are flawless. All the words that you use must be spelled correctly and your grammar usage must be perfect.