Content Tips

Student Journalism Ideas

Keep to Your Niche

Your content needs to be consistent with your niche--the point of your newspaper. If your newspaper is about your business, keep the content about your business. If your newspaper is a community newspaper, then the vast majority of your content needs to be about your community. This is important.

Keep your content simple, easy to find (bold headings), easy to read (don't use extremely fancy fonts) and keep some space between articles. Also, don’t try to include too much information as your font size (the size of your letters) in your articles need to stay at least the size of 12 or larger for everyone to be able to read easily. Strategic pictures and photos can also be wonderful to attract the eye to an article, though don't get crazy and use too many because it will dilute the strength of each photo.

The content in your paper is solely yours to decide. For the most part, it should coincide with whatever your paper is supposed to be about. Again, if you are a hair salon, you probably don't want articles on the latest technology of lawn fertilizers, or of the recent discovery of microorganisms in Egyptian tombs. Keep your articles related to your business.

Types of Content

The following list may help you with the various types of content that you can add to your newspaper.

  • News
  • Reviews
  • How-to Articles
  • Opinion and Editorial Pieces
  • Comics
  • Puzzles
  • Advertisements
  • Guest Articles
  • Photos and Images
  • Clip-art (for the rare occasion)
  • Contests
  • Polls and Surveys

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