ARTICLE STYLE GUIDE
Articles pitched to Mount Dora Buzz must appeal to its readers and have a strong local angle. All submissions should follow these basic journalistic guidelines:
- Follow AP Style.
- Topics must be locally newsworthy and articles must start and continue with a strong local angle.
- Articles must be front-loaded in the inverted pyramid structure.
- Writing must be neutral and in third person.
- Follow writing rules for the web, not print.
- Include a 4-7 word, locally engaging headline followed by a strong lead.
- Refrain from a promotional tone or calls to action.
- Single-space, but double-space between paragraphs.
- Brevity and conciseness is essential to web readership. Keep stories to 400-600 words (use wordcounter.net). If a story warrants more copy, a two-part article can be discussed.
REPORTING GUIDE & PROCESS
- Abide by all journalism ethics.
- All articles submitted must be in reporting style above in order to be considered for publication.
- Writers should record in-person interviews after being granted permission from whomever is being interviewed. No one can be recorded without their expressed consent.
- Phone interviews and e-mail interviews are acceptable.
- No discounts, gifts or favoritism can be accepted by reporter covering a story.
- E-mailing questions to sources for background information and research is acceptable.
- Articles aren't submitted to sources or subjects in advance for their approval.
- Writer is solely responsible for proofreading, double-checking spelling of names, facts, numbers, years, and other reported facts.
- Authorized contributors must represent themselves and The Mount Dora Buzz accurately and professionally at all times.
- Include contact information for sources interviewed below the end of the story.
- All photos should be properly credited and captioned and have releases when necessary. Mount Dora Buzz will pick best photo(s) to use.
Send all stories as text in the body of an e-mail message to email@example.com .