Get Your News Online – Strategies for Subscribing to Ezines and Online Newsletters

Do you still get your news the old fashioned way, from newspapers, magazines, TV or monthly newsletters going through the Snail Mail? Outrageous I tell you, just crazy in this day and age, it is absurd to allow yourself to be passed by, when all the information and news you could ever want can be delivered to your email box every day. How so you ask?

Well, let me give you a few tips. You see, as the coordinator for the Online Think Tank it is my job, literally to stay abreast of information in many industries and sectors. It takes a lot of surfing over a long period of time to find the best online newsletters and ezines. It is recommended to take an email newsletter for 3 times, before unsubscribing, even if you are not sure

Eventually you will have a collection of ezines, which come on a periodic basis that are easy to scan and keep you up to date. Much of the information will be duplicated and appear online prior to the print news media, so you will always be ahead of the game and ahead of folks even in their own industries.

The famous saying; “you can only believe half of what you read” does hold true in this venue, so beware of what you take as absolute fact, much is politically or PR motivated, nevertheless, very interesting indeed. Below are the online newsletters and ezines, I take. Realize this is not my full-list but in the last three-days I started writing them down, some of course only come once a week, bi-weekly or once per month, but this should give you an idea as to what is out there waiting for you if you dare to take it:

Typically writing good news articles used to involve spending many years as a junior reporter and slowly gaining experience through trial and error, with articles being thrown back by the editor until they achieved the standard that was required. However there are certain tips that can be used if you are planning to write news articles, be it for a website or for a more traditional paper based publication. Unfortunately many journalists nowadays are becoming experts at searching Google to copy and paste articles together which have little or no original content, however with a bit of planning and a small amount of time it is possible to create something that is informative and new i.e. a news report.

Do some research.

So you have found out something has happened. Do some research on it. Has the event happened before? What was the outcome? Who are the people involved? Is there any information on what they have done in the past? Who are the experts in the subject? Who might be concerned or have an opinion? What is the context in which the event has happened? After this stage you will have the skeleton of your news report and possibly a lot of the article itself.

Think of angles.

There isn’t really a news story that can’t be viewed from different viewpoints. Someone’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist. Was it an invasion or liberation? Be aware of this at the outset and try to be as factual as possible when gathering the facts for the article. A neutral viewpoint at this stage will help gather information. When you are writing the article think of the wording you are using and the target audience and what they would like to read.

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