Submitting an article is easy, but needs to be emailed in two parts:
1. a word document
2. photos as jpegs
ON THE WORD DOCUMENT AND PHOTO EMAIL
Enter the following information:
SUBJECT OF REPORT: e.g. Debating, Hockey, Cricket
SLUG: (a working name for your story so that we can cross-reference photos and other media, e.g. U15Swimming for an under-15 swimming gala.)
NUTGRAF (a one line summary of your copy: e.g. “St George’s thrashed St Michael’s at basketball last Saturday …” This is important as it helps the editor decide quickly and efficiently whether the story should be used and if so, where it will be placed.
ON THE WORD DOCUMENT CONTINUE WITH THE STORY AS LAID OUT BELOW. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY FANCY LAYOUT OR FORMATTING: NO INDENTS OR COLOURS OR PICTURES OR ARTWORK.
- In the first sentence, tell us what happened and what difference it makes
- Answer any outstanding 5Ws (who, what, where, when, why) within the next two paragraphs
- Put in a quote
- Put in more detail
- Caption the pictures: tell us when and where they were taken, who is in them and what they are doing.
- Tell us who took the picture.
1. Send pics in Jpeg format to email@example.com with the working name (eg St George’s basketball) in the subject field.
2. Please make sure photo file names include numbers for easy reference.
3. Use the numbers for the captions in your word document.
4. Tell us who is in the picture (Young Post is about students and we care about their names)
5. Pictures of action or interest are far more likely to get published than group photos of people grinning at the camera from behind a banner.
6. Tell us who took the picture
Dear teachers, PRs, principals and students,
A few final tips!
Young Post is a newspaper for teenagers. Priority will always be given to stories which focus on the students. If you want your school’s news to feature in our print edition here is some added advice:
- Make your story about the students. If your school had a sports day, tell us who the top athlete was rather than telling us what the guest speaker said.
- An article is not a place to thank sponsors. You can give them recognition when mentioning the full name of the competition: “The second Interschool Lion Dancing Festival, sponsored by McDonalds”
- We want to know what the students thought of the activity; we don’t really care about what the teachers, principals or honoured guests felt, because they all tend to say the same thing.
- Often writers tell us “ This workshop aimed to promote English learning”. Either it did or did not promote English learning, so “This workshop promoted English learning.”