Writing W5 News Article Leads

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Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content . The W5 — who, what, where, when and why (and sometimes hoW) is key to the news article, particularly to the lead of a news article. Of course, the full articles expand on the W5 and quote various sources; however, once you have the W5, you have the foundation of the story.

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Query letter: how to sell your article ideas to editors

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Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing – Find, Price, Manage Corporate Writing Assignments & Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines. It is better to send a few queries tailored to publications you know publish articles like the ones you are proposing, than to send a generic ‘are you looking for writers?’ Why the article should be written now. Subject : Article Query: Show your true love.

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Trending Sources

Sandra Zimmer featured in Houston Chronicle Article on Public Speaking as a Career Tool

Speaking Freely

Today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, The Houston Chronicle Jobs Section is printing an article entitled “Public Speaking an Important Career Tool.” ” This article written by Emilia Benton, a copy editor from the Special Publications of Houston Chronicle Media Group, features some of my ideas about the value of public speaking skills for career development.

Query letter: sell your article ideas

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In this 10-minute video, Paul Lima discusses how to sell your article ideas to newspaper and magazine editors using the query letter. He looks at how to structure and write query letters to pitch your article ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCt1I20Bdyc v=uCt1I20Bdyc

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Writing Article Leads

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

[Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content - [link] ]. If you don’t capture your reader’s attention in the lead, chances are your article will remain unread. Freelance writers must capture the editor’s attention in the lead of a query letter (the letter or email used to pitch a story idea) or chances are the article idea will not be read, let alone accepted.

Presenting in your 2nd language: My article for @Toastmasters

The Eloquent Woman

My latest article for Toastmaster, the official magazine of Toastmasters International, is now freely available to all. Not mentioned in the article is a new resource for those of you who wish to practice your speaking skills in English.

Yes Checklist: what to discuss when and editor says yes to your article idea

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What you do once an editor says “yes” to your article idea can be as important as how you pitch your ideas (the query letter). After all, once the editor says, “Yes, I’d love to buy that article from you…” you move from the domain of salesperson to that of a supplier of words. Article idea. Article title for submission; the editor will usually write the headline but you can create a working title. Date your article is due to the editor.

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Article: How to prepare for interviews with reporters

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Media Relations Published ArticlesWhether your company has good news to share, such as an excellent safety record, or bad news, such as the leak of hazardous materials, company executives have to be prepared to talk to the media. What executives say can have a lasting impact on your business because the media helps shareholders, stakeholders, politicians and other Canadians form opinions. That’s why only designated spokespersons should talk to reporters.

In time for Christmas: Books on business, promotional, article writing and business of freelance writing

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Just in time for Christmas for the writer on your gift list: popular print and e-books (for Kindle and Kobo) on business, promotional, book, article, social media and website writing, self-publishing and the business of freelance writing. ” Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing – Find, Price, Manage Corporate Writing Assignments & Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines.

Finding article ideas to pitch to editors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Many people who want to write feel they lack ideas for articles. I sold four of the dog walking-inspired ideas, and then sold an article, “Ideas, Inspiration and Dogs,” on how I develop ideas while walking my dog. You will soon be able to read that article online at [link]. Did my article idea light bulb burn brightly? It was like finding an instant article. Okay, not quite an instant article. Write and submit the article. article ideas

Drudge Report's Curating Includes Articles Behind Paywalls - How Disappointing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For news junkies in a hurry, the Drudge Report used to be the go-to place. It had tons of curated content, continually brought up-to-date. However, a problem has developed. That's because so many media outlets are putting up paywalls.

New professional speaking articles

Great Public Speaking

Check out seven new short articles on professional speaking: How to Become a Motivational Speaker How to Become a Professional Speaker Have You Ever Dreamed of Being a Motivational Keynote Speaker? Professional Speaking Really Exists Make Your Own Public Speaking Job Why You Shouldn't Have a Motivational Speaking Business Card Letter to Invite a Keynote Speaker

Solid overview article on becoming your own boss

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Solid overview article on becoming your own boss. Business Vision Freelance Writing - General

Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at Forbes.com

Speaking Freely

I just read an article on Forbes called “Why Public Speaking Scares and and How to Overcome your Fear” by Susan Adams. This is one of the best articles on fear of speaking I have seen in a long time! I am a presentation and speaking coach in Houston. I have specialized in transforming [.].

Great Article on Why Public Speaking Scares You by Susan Adams at

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Chapter 17: Soft and Feature Article Leads – from “Everything You Wanted to Know about Freelance Writing”

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Chapter 17: Soft and Feature Article Leads - As you have gathered by now, rather than using the W5 to deliver the news, soft leads capture the attention of readers by using a story-related anecdote, painting a picture of a person, place or thing, or posing a question.

Different types of “W” leads

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Excerpt from Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content . Why : there was no reference to the economic downturn; however, with the spate of articles on the recession, including others on the same page, the why is apparent, so it was left out of the lead. W5 Lead from Corporate Article. W5 leads are not just used in news articles in newspapers and magazines. Article : The top 1% of Canada’s 25.5

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Eight Steps to Getting Speaking Engagements : MarketingProfs Articles


Home Marketing Resources Online Seminars Conferences Research Store Members Only Forum Blog Jobs Resources Home How-to Articles Case Studies Online Seminars Downloads Quick Reads Daily Chirp (0) items My Cart Email Print Save Text: A A Eight Steps to Getting Speaking Engagements by Steve Markman Published on October 28, 2003 Marketing and PR efforts should be in the forefront of your organization, especially in todays competitive climate and the uncertain economy.

Everything you wanted to know about freelance writing: Chapter 9: Discovering More Article Ideas

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While you can generate scores of article ideas through clustering, it is good to look at external sources for article idea inspiration as well. Doing so will broaden your perspective and open your mind to other possibilities.

Chapter 16:Chapter 1: Writing Article Leads – “Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing”

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

If you take time to produce a detailed query letter, you will often find your lead, the beginning of your article, is in your query. It might not be exactly there, but the query will give the editor (and you) a solid idea of what the article is about and perhaps where the story begins. For instance, if you look at my dog query and compare it to the final article, you will find the two are very similar.

Life and Death Communication (Literally)

Matt Eventoff

This article, written by Mario Vittone, is a must-read for everyone. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life… The remainder of the article can be found on Mario’s site. This post is related to the most urgent form of communication – the communication between a person who is drowning and someone who may be able to save that person. .

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David Boies Doesn't Scare Easily - Read Article in Bloomberg

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That negative meme gained traction after Ronan Farrow's The New Yorker article detailed Boies' role in trying to dig up the dirt on journalists and women who were attacking Harvey Weinstein. The message of the article was that the supposed breakthrough technology was an illusion.

Humor Articles

Humor Power

If you get the Toastmaster magazine, don’t miss the four humor-skills articles in the August 2011 issue. – How To Win an Audience with Bombproof Humor. – How to Add Humor to Club Meetings. – Make ‘em Laugh. – Funny You Should Say That: I’m Sorry, Were You Being Funny? Humor In Speaking humor articles public speaking Toastmasters

Using Blogs and Articles to Find Targeted Prospects

Great Public Speaking

Guest posting on other people's blogs is a great way to find targeted traffic. Many major blog sites have been up and active for years, attracting thousands of page views a week and a ton of subscribers. They have done all of the hard work. By guest posting, you can give the blog owner fresh new content that they need and you can get a link back to your website that could drive thousands of readers to your services.

Fundamentals of Writing – introduction

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Welcome to "Fundamentals of Writing: How to Write Articles, Media Releases, Case Studies, Blog Posts and Social Media Content", a book written specifically for those who want to improve their writing skills and apply them to writing articles (for newspapers, magazines, corporate and other publications), media releases, case studies, blog posts and social media content.

Use W5 to help you communicate effectively

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Business Training Business Writing Published ArticlesWhether you are writing or talking, communicating effectively is important. To demonstrate the point, I often tell the story of the golf course groundskeeper who hired a young trainee. The day the trainee showed up, the groundskeeper said, “See those bundles of sod on the truck? I want you to re-sod the areas that I’ve staked out around the 18 flags on the golf course. I’ll be back at the end of the day to check on your progress.”.

Misses and Hits: Lessons from Singapore’s YPAP Video

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Articles Body Language Dealing with People Events & Experiences General Image and Impressions Public Speaking Sales & Persuasion The Shy Speakers'' Guide Thoughts and Reflections Videos & Podcast Editors Note: This post is written entirely for learning purposes. Any sarcasm and cynical comments found herein are included for entertainment purposes, and not meant to offend. [C''mon. C''mon. give me […].

Social-media Fatigue: Executives back to buttoned-down bylined articles, op-eds in mainstream media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Then, it happened: the phone, yes that very old-line medium, rang with requests for us to research and write the high-paying more complex articles and opinion-editorials targeted for publications such as AMERICAN BANKER.

Articles you should have read

Dahle Communication

Instead of delving into something new today, I wanted to highlight some of the great posts and articles that I have found over the past couple of weeks that I felt needed to be discussed more. With so many posts out there, it is sometimes hard to find the good articles and a lot of times someone will post a great blog and for whatever reason, it is just missed.


One Writer’s Tale of Self-Publishing

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Published Articles Self-Publishing & Print On DemandIn 2009, 76% of all books released were self-published, according to Publishers Weekly. Since then, the industry has all but stopped keeping stats. The number of self-published print and e-books continue to grow exponentially while the number of books issued by traditional publishers declines.

Article: Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers

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Mid-level authors already know that the era of large advances, generous royalties, book tours and media spots are over. They have to spend their own time and money to create a website and publicize their books. Publishers just don't have the resources to offer them full support. The Internet, online bookstores, e-books, and an economy in decline are cited as some root causes of the steady slump in the traditional publishing industry.

The Day TED Might Have Died

Manner of Speaking

I recently wrote a post in which I shared an article written by Seth Godin. That article mentioned the (then) upcoming book on TED Talks by TED Curator, Chris Anderson. The book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, … Continue reading → TED Chris Anderson

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New MICE.net article: Q&A

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

There’s a new issue of MICE.net magazine on the streets. This issue, my column questions the ancient convention of Q&A (the event kind, not the Tony Jones TV show that sends Twitter into hyperdrive). Sometimes, meetings are no place for democracy.

Know Your Audience - IBM marketing should read this article

Dahle Communication

An important feature when speaking is knowing who your audience is. This is one of the most vital pieces of information you need to have if you are going to be successful. However, this is not just for public speaking. With any form of advertising or marketing, you need to know your audience.

Article Marketing For Public Speakers

Great Public Speaking

What To Write Article maketing is a great tool for driving targeted traffic to websites, opt-in pages and sales letters. Using the different article distribution sites can be a bit tricky, though. There are a few things to look out for when submitting articles to sites such as: [link] [link] [link] [link] Tip # 1 - Make sure your articles are on your own site first as a page of your website. The site that publishes the article first gets the most credit.

Business Speeches, Books, Articles: Research Symbolism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The hard cold world of business had effectively humanized itself by leveraging symbolism related to the ordinary lives of people. In America, a universal symbol was the dream of home ownership.

Article: Adventures in dog land

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Tags: Published Articles dog owner first dog Giant Schnauzer Modern Dog

Public Speaking: Reprinting Articles

Great Public Speaking

I have many articles available for reprint in your publication, company newsletter, etc. You may use articles written by me that you see in great speaking. Back issues can be viewed at [link] OR mailto: freearticles@antion.com for an automated listof additional articles. All you have to do is print the article in its entirety along with the by line at top and the credits, and complete contact information at the end of each article.

New MICE.net article: Question Everything

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Here’s an article I wrote on the subject for the latest issue of MICE.net magazine. When most companies plan an event, they’re focused on the ‘ how? ‘ rather than the ‘why?

Benefits of, and how to write, white papers explained in “White Papers for Dummies”

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Published Articles White papers describe the benefits of a business to business (B2B) product or service, or highlight a better way to solve an industry problem in a way that helps business people understand the issue, solve the problem, or at least make an important business decision. Read the review of "White Papers For Dummies".