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Sample News Articles with Five Ws & one H

When creating a news article, announcement, or notice, please make sure your information is 100% correct and complete. A complete article answers the following questions: who, what, when, where, why, and (sometimes) how. These six elements are known as the five Ws and one H in the journalism world. Use the five Ws and 1 H when writing any type of informational piece. Below are sample news articles to help illustrate this process. (Note: When printing this page for reference, be sure to first click "Print background colors" in the print setup.)


Also, be sure to include the following information:

  • a headline (Be as descriptive and action oriented as possible)
  • a writer byline, and
  • the date you submitted the article.

Short article example

Columbia’s Improv Team Advances to National Finals

By John Doe
January 25, 2011

Congratulations to our own nationally ranked improv team, Droppin' $cience, on winning the Chicago Regionals at the 4th Annual College Improv Tournament on January 22. The group performed to a sold-out crowd at ComedySportz and beat rival teams from DePaul, Northwestern, and Wheaton College. With the win, Droppin’ $cience will advance to the national competition on February 26.

Longer article example

Anne Becker Named 2010 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year

By Jane Doe
December 15, 2010

Anne Becker, assistant professor in the Education Department, has been named the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year for 2010 by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA). The prestigious honor is awarded annually to recognize teachers in Illinois who display an exceptional commitment to both their students and the profession of art education.

“This was a tremendous honor for me. It’s very humbling,” Becker said. “One of my former Columbia graduate art students nominated me, and I have been a member of this professional organization for my [entire] art teaching career. What an honor to know that your peers and your students feel you are a quality art educator.”

To choose the recipient of the Higher Education Art Educator award, the IAEA looks for art educators who show a record of success as an art educator; who are active in their professional lives outside of art education, such as in studio exhibitions, publications, community service, and service to the IAEA; and who are recognized leaders at their level of education.

In its award letter to Becker, the IAEA said that Becker “is an exemplary model for her dedication to providing a well-rounded art education to enrich the lives of the students in her school.” The award letter also cited her work inside the classroom and her coordination with other teachers in the field as providing “a valuable education for the students at Columbia College.”

Amanda Kurzawski, vice president of the IAEA, said the organization was particularly impressed by Becker’s “activities outside the classroom, in the field, and for the Illinois Art Education Association, [which] have benefited many people.”

The IAEA gives out 13 awards annually to art educators from elementary school through higher education. The organization began in 1935 and promotes quality art education for children and adults in the state of Illinois.
For more information, go to ilaea.org.