Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Twenty Newspaper Writing Tips for '20
By Julie Lavender

My monthly post on Edie Melson's writing website, The Write Conversation, listed twenty tips for newspaper writing and anazlyed most of them with an actual newspaper story. 

I'll list the twenty tips below, but check out Edie Melson's blog here to see the whole article and examples of the tips. 

1. Make sure the headline, which serves as the title of the newspaper article, is informative, yet also engaging and interesting, and typically between five to seven words. Here’s the headline of an article I wrote recently.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Guest Post

My sweet writing friend, Melissa Henderson, loves being involved with community and church. Her first children's tail .... see what I did there .... released in 2018 and is called Licky the Lizard. She hopes to write more children's books in the near future. Please enjoy her post below, and connect with her from the info in her bio. 

What a beautiful day! The sun is shining. The sky is blue. Temperature is in the 70's. A very nice South Carolina day!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Bring on the POWER
By Julie Lavender

Image may contain: textI'm honored to have a story included in Refresh Bible Study Magazine that talks about tapping into God's POWER to conquer fear. 

Please enjoy some of my post below, but then check out the entire article in the free, online magazine published by Lighthouse Bible Studies, by clicking here.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Consider the Dewberry
By Julie Lavender

My quarantine walk with God looks different than pre-Covid walks. With less traffic on some of the roads surrounding my neighborhood, I’ve taken a different path. But, the coronavirus has led most of us on different paths, right?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

By Julie Lavender

I’ve taken a different path during my morning walks with God recently. The bigger road that leads to our neighborhood is less-traveled with many working from home, so I often walk that road now, as it eventually leads to a cow pasture. With social distancing, it seems that I’ve taken to chatting with the bovines.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Share good news and the Good News with newspaper writing
By Julie Lavender

(This post originally appeared on Edie Melson's blog, The Write Conversation. I'm giving you a portion of it here, to hopefully entice you to click here to read the article in its entirety. I hope you'll join Edie and me there, on my walk with God as a journalist, and learn more about newspaper writing.) 

To report the condition of our country and world in recent days, most of our newspapers scream dire and depressing headlines. And though we need that important information disseminated, good news stories and inspirational features can add a balance to otherwise difficult news to swallow. 

Now’s a great time for writers to contribute encouraging articles and faith-based stories to local newspaper. The slim staff of most newspaper entities keeps busy reporting “just the facts,” and stringers can add that leverage of boots-on-the-ground, local , feel-good stories to the content. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Consider the Fringe Tree
By Julie Lavender

My walks look different these days, but God’s beauty still abounds. My husband and I passed a white fringe tree on our walk this morning. The fleecy white, barely fragrant flowers hang from the branches and flutter to and fro when the winds stir.