MINIMUM NEWS ARTICLE REQUIREMENTS
-ALL ARTICLES MUST BE TYPED.
-ALL ARTICLES MUST FOLLOW ASSOCIATED PRESS STYLE.
-ALL ARTICLES FOR CLASS AND FOR THE CENTURION MUST BE AT LEAST 500 WORDS.
-ALL ARTICLES MUST INCLUDE QUOTES FROM SOURCES (SOMEONE YOU INTERVIEW) BY NAME.
EXAMPLE: "The guy had his gun pointed right at me," said Sgt. Bill O'Casey of the Newtown Police. "I thought my number was up."
IF YOU ARE DOING A STORY GETTING THE OPINIONS OF BUCKS STUDENTS, YOU SHOULD INTERVIEW AT LEAST A HALF-DOZEN STUDENTS. OTHER ARTICLES MAY REQUIRE QUOTES FROM JUST ONE OR TWO PEOPLE.
INCLUDE THE NAME, AGE, HOMETOWN AND MAJOR OF ALL STUDENTS INTERVIEWED IN YOUR ARTICLES. FOR NON-STUDENTS, NAME AND OCCUPATION IS FINE.
YOU CAN USE INFORMATION FROM THE INTERNET IN YOUR STORIES, BUT BE SURE TO PROPERLY ATTRIBUTE IT.
EXAMPLE: THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED THAT THE AVERAGE PRICE OF A GALLON OF GAS NATIONWIDE IS $2.70.
(THESE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO ORIGINAL ARTICLES PRODUCED BY STUDENTS, NOT TO NEWSWRITING EXERCISES OUT OF A TEXTBOOK THAT ARE DONE IN CLASS.)
If you sign up to do a story, be sure to get it in, on time. If the story falls through, let us know ASAP.
To you get student
quotes you need to go out around campus - the Linksz Pavilion, the
cafeteria, the Gateway lobby and the Fireside Lounge are good places -
and interview them. Interviewing a few Centurion staffers in the
newsroom is not enough.
Always refer to the college as Bucks, not BCCC.
Never use the first person "I" in news stories.
Always include plenty of background information in your stories. If you get information from the Internet, be sure to attribute it to the website where you found it.
BE SURE TO SEND CENTURION ARTICLES TO ME AND TO THE CENTURION.