Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in The Paper.

To ensure honest, accurate, and fair reporting along with following the basic guidelines of AP format, please follow these guidelines.

Audience:

Articles written are intended for the PPCC community, which includes the students and faculty/staff as well as our immediate community in Colorado Springs. We are here to inform, educate, entertain, and celebrate our community.

We invite opinion and discussion in civilized, researched fashion.

Format:

The Paper follows Associated Press style is a standardized way of writing everything in journalism from dates to street addresses to job titles. Here is a reference guide for Associated Press style.

Here are some tips to guide you along:

Follow the Inverted Pyramid:

An article begins with the most important information at the beginning and ends with the least important information. This is often referred to as the inverted pyramid.

The article begins with a Lead which is a simple, clear statement that gives the reader a pretty good idea of what the story is about, and it should get them interested to read more.

The lead answers 6 basic questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Make sure to at least include:

Who: who is the story about?

What: what is it you want the world to know?

When: when did it occur, will it occur, and how can students get involved?

Where: Which campus, or are there several that are affected or involved?

The Body:

Contains the story and crucial info that brought the reader there in the first place. Depending on the articles, the body contains: purpose, evidence, background, details, logic, quotes and anything else that moves the story forward.

Always have the quotes near the top. The more quotes from more people the better.

The article can end with extra info, a quote or anything that wraps up what was said in the body. Sometimes journalistic articles just end, because the story is done.

This format should be followed for all the articles from newsworthy articles to editorial and opinion articles.

Fair and honest:

Provide quotes and sources throughout your work. We reserve the right to fact-check and edit your story to remain neutral and non-partial.

For outside sources found on the internet provide links to the source directly. Find sources that are credible when relaying statistics. If the data is from Pew research, but it’s regurgitated by a different news source share from the source.

Attributing quotes and providing sources protects from plagiarism. If you didn’t write it or come up with it then it must be credited to the source.

Most importantly, have fun while writing. Journalism at PPCC is important because students deserve to know about what is happening at their school and the immediate world around them. 

Thank you!