FNS MANUAL OF STYLE
Ready to write your first IC news article? Follow these simple tips to give it that extra polish:
1) Add a headline.
Make it a very brief, attention-grabbing summary (something you'd see on a Twitter announcement that'd make you want to click to read more).
- USS Apollo-A investigates coup on Pertania
- Marriage of Federation Ambassador
- Starfleet officer presumed KIA as USS Gemini responded to Rathos Prime pathogen
2) Add a location marker and a single introductory sentence in the following format:
MAIN LOCATION OF EVENTS — One introductory sentence that summarizes the entire article.
- PERTANIA PRIME — After a sudden coup d'etat on Pertainia Prime, Starfleet has dispatched the USS Apollo-A to evacuate the Federation Embassy.
- TRILL — Ambassador Della Vetri and Lt. Commander T’Lea were wed on the ambassador's homeworld.
- RATHOS PRIME — Lt. JG Vanessa Driscoll is missing and presumed KIA after becoming infected with the deadly pathogen her ship USS Gemini was attempting to cure.
3) Put a quote from someone somewhere in the rest of your article.
Whether it's from someone on your crew directly, an MSPNPC, or even someone who doesn't actually appear in your sims but would make sense as someone making a statement to the press.
- "We will not tolerate such an assault on the legitimate Pertainian government, but our first priority is the safety of our own people," said Secretary Douglas of the Federation Security Council.
- "With everything happening around the quadrants these days, it's nice to be able to come together for friends and family and just celebrate, and I couldn't be happier for the Ambassador," said Anora Manar, a guest from the USS Atlantis.
- "Every Starfleet officer knows the risks that come with the uniform. Lieutenant Driscoll died trying to help others in the best traditions of Starfleet and the Federation, and we join her crew in their mourning," said Doctor Rajani of Starfleet Medical.
Previous FNS Sources for Quotes (feel free to reuse these names for continuity):
- Secretary Haros Chenta of the Federation Security Council
- Doctor Rajani of Starfleet Medical
- Dr. Keahvon of the Cerberus Group, a San Francisco think tank
- Dr. Nathalya Ferreira, director of the Federation Science Council
- Starfleet Public Affairs officer Commander A.J. Ciaravolo in San Francisco
- See the FNS Dramatis Personae for a full list of names of Federation officials, commentators, etc. mentioned in previous FNS articles.
Full Example Articles
Essays, Editorials, and Special Reports
You can also feel free to write special reports, essays, and editorials that you might find in a news magazine such as Time, the Economist, or the New Yorker. In doing so, the "rules" are a little more relaxed.
Headlines • FNS Team • For Aspiring Reporters • Manual of Style • Dramatis Personae