Once you've decided to speak out on NewsHour Extra,
submit your topic idea through our online form.
You can write about a topic in the news or an essay about how a current issue
has affected you personally. You can also tell your story by making a video or
by recording audio.
Pick an event or issue that has people talking, such as an ongoing social issue,
a new form of technology or an international event. Explain how the story affects
you. Make sure to research the topic and be factually accurate. Remember to be
specific, add interesting details, make your story engaging and a "good read."
Tell us how an issue in the news has affected
your life, your school or your community. Think about what you want readers to
learn by reading your essay and how you can make them think about the news issue
in a new way. Write a descriptive story to show how you have experienced the news
If you have a video camera, interview people about a topic or tape yourself telling
your story or talking about your views on a news topic. Work with someone who
has experience producing video to make sure that the lighting is good and the
audio is working correctly.
Audio: Record yourself explaining
your views on a news topic, telling your personal story, or interviewing someone.
Create a photo essay to depict something news-related that people wouldn't see
Guidelines for submitting
Please submit your first draft through our online
form, or via e-mail to the editor who responded to your story idea.
will edit written material and multimedia for length, clarity, and factual accuracy.
Our editors will work with you to make sure the final product on the NewsHour
Extra site is work you are proud of and work that fits the NewsHour's journalistic
Video and audio submissions should be no longer than five minutes
in length. If possible, please include a written transcript of your work. Photo
essays should be submitted in .jpg or .gif format no larger than 500x500 pixels
- up to 15 photos with captions will be considered.
Print submissions should
be no longer than 500 words. Please include a digital photograph of yourself if
possible along with your full name, city, state, age, and school name.
you've turned in your story, we still need your help! Please answer all e-mails
from your editor to discuss any necessary changes.
You will also need to
print out and sign our release form. If you are under 18, we need a release
form from you and your parents before we can publish your story. Please sign
this document and send it to us.
What makes a good story?
Why should your audience care about your story? Convince them. Make clear what
you want your audience to know by the end of your story. Before you start, it's
best to sit down and outline what you are going to say, whether it's a print story
or a video piece. Make a list of the questions your story is going to answer.
Stories should contain factual information and enough background so that someone
not familiar with the topic will understand it. AVOID confusion at all costs.
Always remember the "FAC" rule of journalists. "FAC" stands
for Fair, Accurate, and Clear. When you submit a story, it should be as "FAC"
4) Keep your audience in mind as you tell your story.
They are teenagers (from 12-18). The best way to structure your story is to start
out with an interesting example or quote to grab your audience's attention.
Be passionate, have fun and fulfill a purpose larger than your own. Run your
ideas by your family members, teachers, but also your peers. The more contributing
minds the better. Thats how good ideas are born.