As a reporter for any news site, the readers will expect that you have a lot of quality. This page describes the parts of a post, and the things you need to know to make a quality post.
Parts of a Post
Like nearly any other form of writing, a post contains 3 major parts: the introduction, body, and conclusion.
The introduction is divided into 2 more parts: the one-line summary, which comes before the “Read More”, and the introduction paragraph, which comes after the “Read More”. (If you do not know how to insert the “Read More”, click here.)
The one-line summary, is, as the name suggests, a one sentence summary of the content of the post. Examples would be:
- The Reindeer Warriors and the Rudolf Warriors battled against each other on the server Red Nose.
- After a long and fierce battle, the Reindeer Warriors conquered the server Red Nose from the Rudolf Warriors.
- The rising Reindeer Warriors challenged the dominant Rudolf Warriors to a battle on the server Red Nose. Who won?
As you can see, the three summaries are similar, but different. Summary 1 is a simple statement. Summary 2 is a statement that gives the result. Summary 3 is a statement that then asks a question. You may choose to do any in your one-liners. Asking a question has the benefit of making the reader want to know more; however, this would not be an appropriate summary if your title states that the Reindeer Warriors won.
The introduction paragraph is an expansion of the one-line summary. It looks into the reasons (causes) of what you will be talking about in your post, and/or the state of the army before the event. What is the reason the army declared war on the other army? What was the army like before it went into this war?
The body is the most important part of the post. It is the main content. In the body, you are describing the event, whether it be the battle, the course of the rise or fall, etc. Every person has his own style when it comes to the body. However, you need to make sure you include the following:
- Pictures. A picture is a thousand words. It helps the readers understand what you’re talking about. A post without pictures will easily be viewed as a low-quality one.
- Detailed descriptions and explanations.
The conclusion has 3 parts: the wrap-up paragraph, the user interaction tool, and the “goodbye” paragraph.
In the wrap-up paragraph, you conclude the post (what are the end-results?) You may write a little of your personal opinion. (In my opinion, the Reindeer Warriors should continue rising and make their way into the medium top ten).
Then, you should insert a user-interaction tool, so that the readers are allowed to participate. This is, most of the time, a poll. Do not include any ‘silly’ options for your poll, and make your question straightforward. You should not have more than 2 polls, or the post will get messy.
In the goodbye paragraph, you ask for the reader’s response. (What is YOUR opinion of this event? Will the Reindeer Warriors continue rising? Comment on this post!) Then, you write anything else you wish to say to your readers. After that, make a new line, and write your name and your position on the news site.
- Always have AT LEAST 300 words. The amount of words required in your reports will vary, depending on the news site you choose to work on. 300-500 words is always the recommended amount. Some outstanding reporters even go higher than 500 words.
- Use around 3-4 pictures. Pictures are pretty, and they should ALWAYS be added in your posts. However, do not add too much. You may also want to caption your pictures.
- Spellcheck and proofread. Make as little mistakes as possible. Grammar, punctuation and spelling is always very important. Posts with good grammar nearly always look better than posts with a lot of mistakes.
- Use color for the first time an army name pops up. Color army names the first time you write it. However, do not overuse color. It irritates the reader and distracts them.
- Use direct quotes from other army websites. You can copy what an army leader said about the battle (use around 1 or 2 sentences), and add them to your post.
- Make sure that you have appropriate tone, meaning that your tone should be professional. You may have your own style, but do not be too playful. Things that should be avoided are using exclamation marks too often.
- Do not use too much of your own opinion. If you allow your own opinion to influence writing the post, then people may accuse you of being biased. Limit your opinion only to the “in my opinion” sentence in the wrap-up paragraph.
- Write the post that YOU would enjoy!
When you become a reporter for a while, you will find that sometimes, it’s really hard to find things to post on.
- Try looking at the top tens. Are there any interesting news going on in any of the top ten armies?
- Check out the CP Army Feedsite.
- Ask people on Xat.
Post Grade Rubric
On CPARTC, we use a post grade rubric to assess your posts. Assessing your own posts against this criterion this will help make your posts better. For better understanding of the rubric, click here.