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 QUOTE AT LEAST TWO SOURCES (SOMEONE YOU INTERVIEW) BY NAME.
-ALL ARTICLES MUST HAVE AT LEAST TWO COMPLETE QUOTES. THIS IS CONSIDERED ONE QUOTE:
"The guy had
his gun pointed right at me," said Sgt. Bill O'Casey of the Newtown
Police. "I thought my number was up."
INCLUDE THE NAME, AGE, HOMETOWN AND MAJOR OF ALL STUDENTS INTERVIEWED IN YOUR ARTICLES. FOR NON-STUDENTS, NAME AND OCCUPATION IS FINE.
EXAMPLE: "I think we need more trash cans on campus," said Bucks student Jill Johnson, 18, an English major from Bensalem.
(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.