Dear Amy: I want to start a newspaper for my neighborhood. What should I write about? — Anonymous, Bristol, Va.
Dear Anonymous: Grab a copy of a local newspaper and start reading through it. You can also look through an online news site such as CBBC Newsround, http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews. Which articles are interesting to you? Newspapers usually include a variety of subjects including local news, sports and entertainment. You might also find book and movie reviews, recipes, comics and puzzles. Any of these features would be great in a neighborhood paper.
For local news articles, you might want to write about upcoming events at school and in the community. Consider contacting one of the event organizers and interviewing him or her to get more details. You can also attend local events and write about your experience. Be sure to take a camera if you want to include pictures with your article!
There are a couple things you should remember when you write your articles. Get permission before printing someone else's work — otherwise it's plagiarism. Also, be sure not to print gossip or mean comments about others; it could hurt their feelings. Good luck!
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