Hey Reporters, Here’s some guidelines to make your stories the best they can be before being submitted to a copy editor! Before you turn in your story please go through this check sheet: • MEET YOUR DEADLINE - Communicate with an editor about extensions AS SOON AS YOU CAN. Don’t wait until the last minute to start writing a story. • Does your story have two sources, AND USE THEIR FIRST AND LAST NAMES? • Include print headline, web headline, 5 SEO tags/keywords and two pull quotes. • Is your lead sentence a question? Most of the time this won’t be acceptable, ask an editor about it or reword the sentence. • Did you use ______ said. NOT said______? • Quoted students? Their year and major must be included in the story in some way. • When referring to BGSU, do not spell it out on first reference. Use BGSU or “the university” on subsequent references. • Doing a speech story? Introduce the speaker BEFORE you quote them. • Remove the word “that” from your writing. Often times it’s not necessary. Also check for pronoun errors. • Actually spend time learning correct grammar. Don’t be lazy. • Did you check your AP Stylebook on capitalization, punctuation and any other questions? • Did you double check all name spellings and titles on the BGSU directory? • Is the story 400-600 words? • Does each quote start as a new paragraph? • Did you take your own photos? Try to get any alt-format content? ALWAYS try to take your own photos.
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