Erman singer in jail after ex-lover claims she infected him with HIV

General Guidelines:

” News articles should be 600-800 words

” Features can go up to 800-1000 words

” Stick to Facts, Issues and Events

” When doing research for your topic, please use more than one source of reference. Avoid wikipedia!

” Incorporate your sources into your writing. For example: On June 29, the Guardian reported that Boris Johnson will..; The BBC quoted John Smith:  & . ; In an interview with Jane Doe of Hello!, Will Smith announced:  & 

” Save your documents with exactly the same name as the title of your article.

” Capitalize the first letter of all words in title except Adverbs, Prepositions and Pronouns ie. Obama Wins Presidency: Will it Effect Britain?

” Put the date

” If you are writing an article about notable events in communities in the UK (ex. Film fests, cultural events, etc.), please write details at the top of word document in this order:
Date: (ex 11 July 2008)
Event: (name of event)
Details: (address, time, duration, etc. Not more than a two-line description please)

” Please save in a notepad or word document.



Writing tips
1. Title should be short, straight to the point, to get the reader interested in the story
2. First paragraph shouldn t be more than 25 words long  make sure you don t cluttered it with too much info  you have the rest of the article to write in the details
3. Your paragraphs should be very short, around 25 to 30 words max. It makes it easy on the eye of the reader.
4. Always make sure you double space between paragraphs.
5. NO PLAGIARISING  this can cause expensive law suits against you from other media companies

Editorial Style Points:

o Write in Times New Roman 12, single space, NO bold or underline
o No formatting  if copying quotes straight from an website, do it first on notepad, and then paste it to word (this way it takes all formatting away)
o Spelling should be UK standard, e.g. recognise not recognize, centre not center, licence not license, programme not program. Make sure you are in UK dictionary for spell check
o Short simple words in everyday English, active voice, present tense when possible
o Do not let racism, sexism, ageism etc creep into writings ex: Humankind, not mankind. Use loaded words cautiously: ex. terrorist/ism, fundamentalist/ism, fascist/ism, freedom-fighter
o government  no capital  g
o Do not capitalise skin colour i.e. black British not Black British.
o if in doubt use it is, not it s. try to avoid starting a sentence with and or but.
o Use a person s full name the first time you refer to them, thereafter use only the surname unless they have a title such as Dr, Lord, Lady etc.
o e.g Tony Blair becomes Blair, but Lord Ashcroft remains Lord Ashcroft.
o Spell out one-nine, but figures for 10, 15 100, etc. Can write a million, 2 million, 100 million etc. Weights, measures and dates in numeric form i.e. 5km
o Write out the Sunday Times, the Guardian etc. in normal font
o Set albums, play, film and book titles etc. in italics. Song titles and articles in double quotation marks
o Companies, locations and organisations should remain in normal font
o Be sure to write out words of most acronyms when you first mention the organisation (ex Commission of Racial Equality, then use CRE in rest of article)
o Double quotes for reported speech ex. Laura said:  How are you? and single quotes for words not meant to be taken literally ex. He is such  cowboy
o Place a colon before pieces of verbal or written quotation that are not incorporated into the sentence. i.e. Dr Hutton said:  I am innocent.
o If quotes are incorporated into the flow of the sentence a colon is not necessary, and punctuation should fall outside of the quotation marks i.e. During an interview with the police, Hunt claimed he was  set-up and would not answer any further questions without  a proper lawyer .
o Avoid brackets
o Full stop is usually the best punctuation
o Please put the date, your name and section the article is intended for at the bottom of the document.