Journalism

TMP-MARIAN MESSENGER STYLE SHEET

  • 1. You are writing for a newspaper. Articles should include strong leads (hooks), a body of the article which delivers on the lead, and a definite conclusion.
    A. Be sure to include the 5 W’s—who, what, when, where and why—and how, if it applies.
    B. Use third person—only editorials use first person.
    C. No opinions except in editorials
    D. Be specific when you give information.
  • 2. Keep it short. Even though your article is short, it must contain the important information and details that will make it interesting.
  • 3. Submissions may have to be edited during the layout process to fit the space. These are not subject to the reporter’s review prior to publication.
  • 4. Names of people
    A. Spell out Father, Bishop, Sister and other religious titles before the person’s name.
    B. When using a teacher’s name, the first time use their full name and in parenthesis write what subject they teach. Any additional times, use their last name only. For example: “Karen Beavers (Journalism) teaches students at TMP-M Junior High how to properly use Photoshop. Beavers is the advisor for the yearbook.”
    C. When using a student’s name, write their full name, first and last the first time. In parenthesis write their grade. After the first mention of their name, only use their last name. Always check that names are spelled correctly. For example, “Zach Smiles (8) is the captain of the football team. Smiles works hard to keep the team working together.”
    D. Follow standard capitalization and punctuation rules.
  • 5. Abbreviate or spell out
    A. In dates, abbreviate Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec—but spell out other months and days of the week.
    B. State names standing alone are spelled out. For city and state, abbreviate most states.
  • 6. Quote format. Example: “John Doe (8) said, “Being at TMP is an awesome experience.”
  • 7. Headline The title of the article or headline should be written to make the reader want to read the article—a good hook.
  • 8. Story Credit. The name of the writer of the article should appear just below the headline. Example: “by Kate Aaron”
  • 9. Photo captions. Captions are not just the name and grade of the people in the picture. The caption should be an extension of the story. Captions should be at lease two sentences. Photo, caption, and story should all fit together to support the headline.
  • 10. Type articles in Times New Roman in a 12 point.
  • 11. Some things to remember
    A. Use “TMP-M Junior High”
    B. Always capitalize “Monarchs”
    C. Use spell check.
    D. Use grammar check.

 

MONARCH MILESTONE SUBMISSIONS
When you turn in your yearbook pages, you must turn in the following:
1. An electronic copy which will be in a folder titled with your category, i.e. “Band.” This folder will include two folders:
     a. A folder which contains the story in 12 point New Times Roman and picture captions in 10 point New Times Roman which are labeled to indicate where they are to go on the page.
     b. Another folder which contains only the pictures to be included on your pages labeled to indicate where they are to go on the page.
2. A hard copy which includes the following:
     a. The pages with title, picture, story, and caption placement drawn and labeled to correspond with the labels in the electronic copy.
     b. Printed out copies of the story and text, both rough draft and final copy, for proofreading by editors. There must be a true final copy with all corrections made.
     c. Indicate colors for title, caption boxes, etc. if you wish. Be specific (navy blue instead of blue) and flexible. What you think is pink and what the computer thinks is pink may not be exactly the same.
REMEMBER:
1. TOO MUCH WHITE SPACE IS NOT A GOOD THING, AND THE SOLUTION IS NOT TO SIMPLY MAKE THE PICTURES AND TYPE SIZE BIGGER.
2. OUR GOAL IS TO GET EVERY STUDENT INTO THE YEARBOOK SEVERAL TIMES.
3. CAPTIONS SHOULD INCLUDE MORE INFORMATION THAN PEOPLE’S NAMES. MAKE THEM INTERESTING. WHAT WERE THEY DOING? WHO WERE THEY PLAYING? WHAT HAPPENED?
4. DO NOT TRY TO PUT A SQUARE PICTURE IN A RECTANGULAR BOX—IT WON’T WORK. DON’T PUT A HORIZONTAL RECTANGULAR PICTURE IN A VERTICAL BOX. THINK!!!!!!!
5. TRIPLE CHECK THE SPELLING OF PEOPLE’S NAMES. REMEMBER THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO SPELL SOME NAMES. WHEN IN DOUBT, CHECK AGAIN.