How To: Write an Article About Your Cause
Spread the word about your cause by channeling your inner journalist and writing an article.
- You can use the internet for research, but make sure to use reliable sources.
- You can get great insight by going out and interviewing people who already know about your cause. If you want to write about homelessness, visit a homeless shelter.
- Go to the library and ask questions about books, old news article archives, film archives, etc. There is a lot of information out there about different issues; you just have to find it.
- Decide who your audience is. Are you writing for people older, younger, your own age? Choose your words and facts based on your audience.
- Once you’ve done your research, start writing. Include the facts you’ve gathered. Don’t be shy to mention the scary ones because they tend to be the most effective.
- Add in the horror stories you heard and your own personal description of what you encountered in your travels. This too makes for catchy writing. And a picture is a great way to engage your reader.
- Always use spell-check. Spelling mistakes will distract your reader and take away from your point.
- Make sure that you hook 'em with your first paragraph. People decide whether they're going to pay attention with the first few lines, so make them interesting.
- A title can sell a book and the same goes for an article so make it something catchy and informative.
- End your article with a “More Resources” section or a “What you can do to help” paragraph. You want to encourage people to keep investigating and to do something about the problem.
- When you’re done, think about where you might want to submit your article for publication. Need some ideas? Here’s some:
- Contact your local or school paper
- Look for some magazines or newsletters focused on these issues. Send your article in.
- Better yet, find a website or blog that focuses on the cause and try to post your article here.
- Self publish—i.e., hand out your article around school or at a local sporting event.
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