Writing in Journalism

A journalist is someone whose profession is journalism. He/she gathers, processes, uncovers and disseminate news items to a heterogeneous audience. Journalists are always abreast of major happenings and seen at event grounds- live or recorded- scooping for news. One can work at a radio station, television, print outfits and online news medium. To become a journalist, you must have zeal, interest, motivation and determination to succeed on the field.

Studying courses such as journalism, mass communication or media studies earns you a degree/college certificate upon graduation. It also allows you to learn the theoretical and practical works that are useful after graduating.

You can intern with any media station to learn more or be gainfully employed as a junior journalist with an entry position because you are a fresh graduate with no experience. Exposing one to the field comes next. You are attached to a senior journalist who will teach you how to conduct one-one or personality interviews, write interview questions, report live happenings from event grounds and write news stories following the station’s in-house style. Interviews can be a telephone interview or a physical interview. There are also observation sessions. This is when you observe what the senior journalist is doing and emulate such.

Writing news stories largely depends on the type of event you are covering be it political, economy, education, health. 5W’s &H is an important feature of any news story. This is What, Where, When, Where, Why and How. Your opening/lead paragraph is known to be the basis/preamble that nudges your audience to either listen, watch further or read more. Your opening paragraph should contain 2 or more 5Ws & H. Objectivity is the watchword of Journalism, do not take sides while writing your story.

You are your media’s eye at the event so you are expected to write in details, be brief and concise, correctly spelt names and pronunciation, Verify all data collected with reliable sources. Your source can be a person who is a first-hand eyewitness of an event. You need to respect the source’s rights. If he/she do not want to be known, you should write anonymously. Their lives or work may be at risk when you mention the source’s name or work address.

Get your facts- audio and video actualities, pinpoint facts that need further verification as this can serve as a scoop for such story, ensure to attribute all information gathered. Ensure you leave out information when you are in doubt than writing incorrect news item and misinforming the audience. This is to avoid slamming your media outfit with libel, slander or defamation.

No man is an island of knowledge. After you must have written your story, read and read again before submitting to the Editor/Senior Reporter for vetting. Final Check is important before submitting.

Being on the field as a journalist allows you to see the world from the perspective of the eyewitness especially in war-stricken zones. In cases like this, safety first.

8 Quick Tips To Writing Your Own Witchcraft Spells and Rituals

When you are first starting out, you will probably use spells and rituals written in books by others. But, eventually, you will want to write your own spells and rituals. Your words, being more personal to you, have much greater power for you. It would be best if you can speak from your heart during the magic rite, without reading it from “cheat sheets”. For this reason, I like to keep everything I do pretty basic and simple, so I can easily memorize the basic outline I will be using. And then, once I’m actually doing the ritual, if anything flows through me, I can add and/or modify it to suit the moment. I have found that the best magick is spontaneous and flows from the moment. However, for events that I have more notice for, like Sabbats, I will take the time to write up a basic outline to help me get all my thoughts and ideas out and it helps to get the creative juices flowing.

Here are 8 quick tips you may use when you are ready to create your own spells and rituals.

Tip 1: Determine the purpose of the spell or ritual. Make sure your intention is as clear as you can make it. I would suggest you keep your intention as simple as possible, and keep it to one thing at a time. It will help you focus your energy better.

Tip 2: Determine which ritual aspects are necessary to your purpose. Ritual aspects include things like setting up your altar, casting the circle, calling on the Watchtowers, and invoking spirits or deities. Not every ritual/spell you do will require all of these steps. For the more formal rites, I will cast a formal circle, but sometimes, it is simply enough to just light a candle and declare the room a sacred space. It depends on what effect you’re going for, you should go with what feels right for you.

Tip 3: Determine what tools correspond with your purpose, including oils, candles, herbs, stones, animal totems, and ritual tools. Remember, none of these things are mandatory. These things help guide the energy and focus your intent, but the real power comes from within you.

Tip 4: Determine who’s presence you will request. (Gods, Goddesses, Angels, Elementals, Fae, Jinn, etc)

Tip 5: Determine the best timing.

Tip 6: Determine where it will be performed.

Tip 7: Put it all together. Write out the entire ritual or spell with spoken words in quotes.

Tip 8: Memorize your ritual and words.

You will need practice. Learning basic ritual forms and basic spells is a good way to get started. Have fun and make it your own. If you have questions or need anything at all please click on my resource box.

Newspaper Writing Tips – 4 Simple But Amazing News Writing Tips

If you think that writing articles for newspaper is extremely tough, think again. Just like any other endeavor, this one will get easier if you familiarize yourself with the elements that you need to use and if your practice as often as possible.

Here are some 4 simple but amazing tips that you can use to produce award-winning news articles:

1. Always use killer headlines. It’s very important that you capture the attention of your target audience through your headlines otherwise, they might not read your copy. To get these people to pay attention, ensure that you tell them the gist of your content or give them a brief summary of the story that you’re covering. These people must have an idea as to what information awaits them by simply reading your headlines.

2. Choose your stories wisely. Obviously, people will not invest their time reading your articles if you talk about something that they find boring or uninteresting. So, always write stories that are recent and newsworthy. Talk about the things that are happening right now and those that have direct impact on the lives of your readers.

3. Inverted pyramid technique. As your audience are pressed for time, they don’t usually read the news articles until the end. To make sure that they’ll get a clear picture of the story that you’re covering, give them the juiciest details on your first paragraph. Save the supporting details for your succeeding paragraphs.

4. Mind your grammar. It’s important that your articles speak volumes about your professionalism and your level of education. They must be well-written and they must be free from any type of grammar error.