Whenever you are asked to write a text in a certain style, it helps to have read plenty of 'style models' beforehand. These are professional examples that already exist.
This will help you to find out:
Your school magazine editor has just found out that the local skatepark has been given listed status. He has asked you to go and find out all about it and write an article for the magazine.
As with any writing task you need to start by considering aspects of context, audience and purpose:
Context - the situation is that you need to write an article for the school magazine about the local skatepark.
Audience - your readers are your peers, teachers and parents. This is a large and generally unknown audience so your style needs to be quite formal using Standard English.
Purpose - the purpose of the text is to inform and to explain to others all about the skatepark.
Below is a text taken from an online article about the skatepark. See if you can identify the conventions and how the ideas are sequenced to create an effective structure.
Looking at the article, you can see that it:
If you looked at other articles of this same text-type or genre, you will find them all similar. These are the main conventions of a news article. You can use some of them to help you to write and structure your article. When you’re writing, you don’t need to include images and captions, or write in columns.