Template for ideas
Read websites, articles, fanzones, Daily Mail (!) celebrity gossip, features, newspapers, tweets, social media links.
Key topics for discussion?
What is currently trending, in the news? Ideas to include?
What phrases/slang/genre specific terms might you use to attract your target audience?
‘Queen of Pop’, ‘Unforgettable’, ‘uncensored’, ‘Open’, ‘relatable’, ‘real-life’, ‘an insight into the life of Bekah Stone’, ‘prevailing’, ‘mental health awareness’, ‘X-Factor’, ‘Pop artist’, ‘Hard-hitting’, ‘Truthful’, ‘upbeat’, ‘Sees the light in the dark’,
Remember to ask ‘open questions’, although closed ones can serve a purpose too.
Uses and Pleasures? (Blumler and Katz)
Will your audience be satisfied? Personal Identity, Social Interaction, Entertainment, Education?
Check your @ word count availability first.
Introduce the issue - sum up, precis what the reader is likely to learn from the article.
Headline and Standfirst.
Background - Context
The article is likely to outline a brief past history of the person or event which the article concerns, so that readers are fully aware of the necessary facts and reason why the article has been written and what has led to the current state of affairs.
Discussion, Q and A or interview.
The article is likely to return to the present-day situation at this point, discussing and giving different viewpoints of the person or event, with details and examples and quotations, and making comparisons with the past or with similar topics. Though the writer’s own viewpoint maybe inferred, alternative views must be given equal weight and other voices heard.
Paragraph 2 and 3.
Prediction - Future?
At this point the article may deal with the future developments or predicted outcome of the present situation, e.g. that a person will go on to become even more famous and successful, or that a current predicament will become worse if nothing is done about it.
The article needs a neat conclusion, which may be an ironic reference or humorous comment, or an evaluation of the different viewpoints, or a reference back to the beginning of the article, or a quotation.
Now Draft your article together and lay it out on the DPS so that you can see if the word count is appropriate, if it fits and how it looks on the page.