Deciding your topic: Once you have your topic you need to brainstorm some opinions about it. * How do you feel? * How would your target audience feel about the topic? * Who is your target audience? * How are you going to communicate this? * What information do you need?
Time for research: * What information do you need? * What opinions can you include? * What information do you NOT want to include? * DO you have any suitable photographs, diagrams, statistics or quotes that can support your opinion?
Start with an effective lead: You can: * Start by retelling a story or setting the scene, * State the argument * Question the audience with the issue * Use a quote * Use a “What If” scenario What if we decided to have an open border policy to any one seeking asylum? Would it really be that bad?
Start with an effective lead: This is where you need to make sure that your audience will be dragged into reading about your topic. You have to ENGAGE the reader. * Try foreshadowing - hinting at what the point of your article is about * Include descriptions * Make comparisons
Main body: This needs to discuss your opinion on the issue. * include discussion on the argument * include statistics, quotes, diagrams, captions, photographs and expert opinions. * use a variety of sentence structures (mix it up!)
* use language your target audience can understand and relate to. * if you are going to use jargon - do you need to define it? Think about how much information your audience needs to know in order to understand your article.
Conclusion: * Replay the lead - re-engage the audience to your original argument or question * Restate the purpose of the article * End with an editorial comment on the issue (you are the author - that means you can comment), a quote or a summary.
Be creative: * Text size and font style. Does it work for your audience? * Use headings, subheadings, dot points, Italics, bold, and colour. * Your layout or composition of your article - what goes where? How are you going to present it on the page? (If you are stuck - think about how it would look in a magazine).
DON’T Forget: 1. reference your sources 2. make sure your quotes and statistics are accurate and suitable for your argument or point of view 3. if you are going to use photographs - make sure they are clear andhave also been referenced 4. when choosing a font style for the main text - choose something that is easy to read.