Clarisa R. answered 10/20/12
Elementary Math - Algebra I and English (Writing, Proofreading)
I would just add one more piece of advice to the already great listings:
Having a good vocabulary and using exciting verbs and adjectives can really spice it up. Notice the big difference here:
1. "The Oakland Raiders won against the San Diego Chargers 27-24 on a last-second field goal."
2. "The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-24 on a last second field goal that sealed a dramatic comeback victory."
So keep in mind that other words can spice up the facts and engage the readers!
Think about what would catch your eye in scanning newspaper articles, or even do so and note your response. You can also include a "teaser" in the first paragraph to encourage reading on. For instance,
"The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-24 on a last second field goal that sealed a dramatic comeback victory. Sebastian Janakowski's third field goal of the game gave Oakland a spot in the playoffs. This is the first time in history that the Raiders have achieved that berth."
Also, write it in a very factual style rather than in an editorial style. Newspaper readers are looking for the facts, not the writer's opinion, unless of course the article is an editorial.