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Writer’s Tips – Writing a News Story

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

Whether it’s just for fun or for your school newspaper, I’m sure that we’ve all, at some point, wanted to try our hands at writing a nonfiction piece about current events. Previously, I’ve talked mainly about writing for fiction stories; however, this time, I’ve decided to focus on a very, very large part of where writing comes from: nonfiction writing and more specifically, writing that you’d use for a newspaper or journal article. Every time that you pick up a newspaper, read a current events article on the internet, or see an article in a journal-style magazine, you are witnessing writing that is very much in a different league from story, novel, or general fiction writing. However, with a little imagination and creativity, you can learn to write an expertly crafted article that is fit to print!

First of all, it’s important to pick out a relevant news topic. Pick a topic to write about that is an ongoing issue or problem or a piece of noteworthy news that happened within the past few weeks that has consequences on the greater community. Examples of this may be an environmental issue, someone who has done a very good deed which benefits a wider range of people, or something as simple as an upcoming storm in your area, or strange weather. For my example, I’m choosing to talk about the healthiness of school lunches, something that is definitely a big issue in American schools nationwide, and a problem that has huge negative consequences on America’s schoolchildren.

Before I get started, there are a few ground rules which need to be set: unlike fiction writing, it is extremely important that you stick to the facts, and not let your own opinion get in the way of what you’re talking about. A good journalist looks at all sides of the story, and writes from all sides, not letting his or her own opinion sway his or her writing. Secondly, the writing style is very different. Many journal articles aren’t written expressively, and often don’t have an “artistic” introduction or conclusion: the article is simply there to present facts in a clear, concise manner, without boring the reader, or getting too long or confusing. And, with these principles in mind, you’re well on your way to writing a great article.

Considering the fact that, for many of America’s students enrolled at schools nationwide, the food provided at school is one-third of their daily diets, it would make sense for schools to promote healthy eating to their students by providing a wide selection of healthy food options. However, what is often surprising is the fact that students are often getting a rotation of hot dogs, hamburgers, and other foods which are high in fat, calories, and other unhealthy and artificial ingredients. Children who eat these types of lunches on a regular basis are more likely to be overweight and develop poor eating habits as they grow older, possible signs for future health problems. With ever-increasing childhood obesity rates and a growing movement to reverse this growing issue, the pressure is put on schools to do something to make the change from unhealthy to beneficial meals and snacks.

So, with a quick introductory sentence, I have introduced my topic, and headed into telling my readers the details of my issue about unhealthy school lunches. It is important also to stay in what is called the “third person”, which is talking about a subject without using words like “I” or “you” and without using phrases such as “I think that” or “you may know”, and instead talking in a general, informative tone, without referring to yourself or calling the reader “you” in the article.

Unfortunately, the problem is very much a “vicious circle”; many school districts don’t have the money to improve the quality and variety of the food offered on a day-to-day basis, and for schools which are offering healthier choices, many students are still choosing the unhealthier option, or not eating the healthy part of their lunches, such as the vegetables or fruits.

However, not all hope is lost. From the White House, Michelle Obama has taken on the problem with her “Let’s Move” campaign, designed to help kids lead healthier lives through eating nutritious foods, getting exercise, and teaching kids about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, school districts themselves are taking action, banning vending machines, or charging less for healthier options.

This is a development that is slowly growing and picking up speed, but will need some more strength to turn this into a lasting change for the future of American schools.

From the introduction of the problem, I have then provided the reader with more information about what is being done about this problem, from multiple perspectives, both from a more national approach to a localized one. And lastly, it’s very important to cite any sources that you may have used, or where you drew your facts from. Below, I’ve cited the websites that I used in order to write my article.

Works Cited:

Let’s Move. Web. 23 July 2010. <>.

Locke, Michelle. “Health | Snack Attack: Schools Try to Get the Junk out | Seattle Times Newspaper.” The Seattle Times | Seattle Times Newspaper. The Seattle Times, 15 July 2010. Web. 23 July 2010. <>.

And, there you go! You now have all of the tools you need in order to create an interesting, engaging, and informative article.





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