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Watchdog Wire Style Guide

Please review our Watchdog Wire style guide below for journalism guidelines, writing tips and our overall mission we hope to achieve through your writing.

Writing Mission

In order to hold our public officials accountable, the focus of this Watchdog Wire is to target and uncover fiscal fraud, waste and abuse at all levels of government.

Journalism Guidelines

As a writer for Watchdog Wire, you agree to abide by the following guidelines: 

Since Watchdog Wire’s tax status is as a 501(c)3 organization, you are prohibited from engaging in political activity such as lobbying for or against any candidate or legislation in your writing.

In order to avoid being accused of libel, all data presented in your writing must be hyper-linked and cited to sources so your readers can see the evidence for themselves.

Name-calling is prohibited.  As a watchdog, you’re role is to lay out the facts and let the readers decide for themselves.

The Art of Writing

Your first sentence- what journalists call a lead- should give as much relevant and pertinent information as possible. If someone were to read just this sentence, it should give them all the info they need, and want to continue reading the story.

Keep your posts short and to the point. Give the facts and enough background information so that the reader will be informed about the issue once they have read your article.

Use short paragraphs to create breaks in the page. No one likes long blocks of text.

Avoid run-on sentences. Shorter, concise sentences are easier to read and keep the reader’s attention.

Don’t try to impress your reader with complex vocabulary. Clarity in your reporting is key. Impress with your original voice and writing style.

Tell people the who, what, where, when and why and sometimes how.

Read through your article and check for any spelling or grammar mistakes.

Have a friend or family member read your article to get a second perspective.

Thank you for your interest in Watchdog Wire.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at Jackie@WatchdogWire.com

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