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The Hornet Tribune

The Student News Site of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

The Student News Site of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

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1- To find stories The Hornet Tribune would be interested in, you’ll need to get a sense of what’s newsworthy for The Hornet Tribune’s audience (Alabama State University students). Remember the factors of newsworthiness: timeliness, proximity, weirdness/rarity, future impact, prominence, conflict, scope, consequence and human interest.

2- First, set yourself a deadline that will work within The Hornet Tribune’s deadlines. If you want to write a story about an event that’s happening at 7 p.m., you must contact the freelance editor or another editor by 5 p.m. to ask him or her if The Hornet Tribune is interested in the story. Late story deadline is at 9 p.m., so you need to be able to write quickly if you are covering late events. For all other stories, you must send an electronic copy to The Hornet Tribune by 5 p.m. to give the editors time to look it over.

3- We write and edit with Google Docs, so any file type compatible with that will work fine, but we strongly recommend .doc or .docx.

4- For your byline, put your name in all caps. On a line underneath that, type “The Hornet Tribune Contributing Writer.” Then type your phone number, so editors can call you with questions. If you don’t include your phone number either on your story or in the email you send with your story attached, your story will not go in the paper. We need your contact info.

5- Email your story to [email protected]  Include your name, what class you’re in (Multimedia Writing or Reporting, or nothing if you’re not in either), a little bit about the story, any time constraints it has and, of course, your phone number. Attach your story as a Word document or paste it into the body of the email.

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