Submission Guidelines

Thank you for sending PPCC’s The Paper your article.

Here is a publication guide to assist you in following the desired format for submitted articles to 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 student body. The purpose is to provide students with a voice and to ensure students learn about PPCC.

The Paper does invite opinion and editorial style articles that focus on conversations close to the student body. If something is troubling you, the Paper will assist you in getting your voice heard.

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.

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:

Providing direct quotes throughout your story adds color and credibility to your story. This is crucial especially if your story is newsworthy. Claiming someone said something without proof is illegal.

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. 

Thank you!