The Five W's
The first thing to do when writing a news article is to always include the five W's and H.
Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How?
This may seem obvious but without these 6 pieces of information, the article will fall flat.
Second, is to always use the inverted pyramid style of paragraph organization. The first sentence should contain enough information to give the reader an overview of the story.
For this first task investigate an issue, preferably one that sparks your interest and/or pertains to your locale. The story should be 5 to 7 sentences. Remember the 5 W's 1 H and the inverted pyramid technique and good luck.