The Efforts Of Writing

The Anantomy of Newswriting


Kiarah Bates

JEA conference, Kiarah Bates

Kiarah Bates, Editor

Everyone on my team can agree that creating an eye-catching story is complicated. Pieces can take up to weeks to come up with and produce, then having to get them edited and revised; for The Bruin Bulletin, we write articles and then have to get them approved through our principal, so we have to make sure we create pieces to show how we feel, but respectfully. The hardest part of the process is not knowing whether or not the public enjoyed our articles’. Journalism has changed so much in the last decade.


The Beginning

Everything starts with an idea; each staff member has to write three articles for the paper for each edition, so we write down opinions on the board or pursue our own. After finalizing our thoughts, we have to fill out planning sheets. They consist of our topic, categories, picture ideas, questions, headlines, and students or teachers we would like to interview. Finally, we email people to set up interviews and move to the next step. What I have learned when is when it comes to the interview phase, it is smart to have a backup plan because some people do not want to be interviewed, or you can grow tired of an article idea.

The Battling Grounds

This part of the phase is like a love/hate relationship; thankfully, I enjoy creating some of my articles. Still, I know some staff who find it irritating. I start by getting all my interviews done and edited; this helps figure out the angle I want to take with my article. I write them down and pick out the best quotes. To me, this is the longest part. For each piece, I make conduct at least four interviews. They range from four to six minutes, which is hard when you have to listen to “um” and “like” repeatedly.

After that, it becomes a little bit easier due to just having to type and revise. I use Grammarly, and it helps me find mistakes and set goals for the piece, so the first revision is the easiest. However, I have more corrections to make. The staff has to run their article through three members before we can give them to the adviser. Which is hard when everyone is trying to focus on working on their own pieces. What I have learned from this phase is that you want proper time management and minimal procrastination.


School Newspaper online; finally the last step is uploading pictures and articles to (SNO). I repeatedly review mine because I am scared they will not come out the way I want them to, but usually, they do. After that, we put all our articles into a folder, and the advisor takes them to the principal. While that happens, we make flyers for each new update and hang them across the school. We did a video for the morning announcements to get more publicity. Then we wait, hoping everyone enjoyed the articles and restart the process from the beginning.