Fakezap:Manual of style
This is the manual for the writing style of our article. The objective is to present a consistent look and feel of our articles to our readers.
The article should base purely on facts and written in an independent manner. FakeZap is apolitical and we do not take sides. It is important to remember that it is not an opinion piece.
Our articles are meant for 1~2-minute short reads. The ideal length is 200~400 words.
Each article consists of 5 main parts: Title, Passage, Image, References and Topic Image.
- 1. Title:
- a. It should reflect the content and be eye catching, like a news article.
- b. Capitalise the first letter of every word, unless it should only be written in small cap, e.g. a brand name.
- 2. Passage:
- a. The key ingredients to a good fact check article is context, clarity and transparency.
- b. Start by providing the context to the claim, i.e. who, what, where and when. Links must be provided to the claim.
- c. Explain in simple terms and avoid long or complicated words. The purpose is to present the article in a clear, interesting and easy to understand manner. There is no need for flowery language, or to impress readers with one’s expertise in certain fields.
- d. Always back up your case with supporting materials and be transparent with them, e.g. information given on official websites, old recycled images found in earlier reports, verified quotes from established source, etc. Links must be provided to these materials to allow readers to verify it immediately.
- e. There is no need to section the passage into different sub-headings.
- 3. Image:
- a. A picture is worth a thousand words. Thus it is very important that at least 1 relevant image of the claim is to be included to enable readers to recognise it right away. Images can also be added to help explain technical matter, to provide comparison or as a supporting material. In order not to make the article look cluttered, there should not be more than 3 images within a passage, unless it is absolutely necessary.
- b. Do not use visuals taken by other news media as it would infringe copyright laws e.g. those from Getty images. However you can get images from Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, social media, free stock image website.
- c. Insert the first image after the first paragraph. Subsequent images, if any, can be inserted at the other parts of the passage.
- d. Images should always be given a relevant name so it is easily searchable and able to be used by other writers.
- e. It is a good practise to provide images a caption however this is not compulsory. Give attribution to the owner of the image if you are taking it from a known source like Wikimedia Commons or free photo stock website. Use the thumbnail format for the caption.
- f. Images should always aligned to the left and wrap text. Its size can be altered to suit the passage in the custom tab in the uploading window. Typical size is 400 pixel for the width (the first box, the other box which denotes the height will change accordingly).
- 4. References:
- a. References can include other relevant material and also similar reports from other news outlets.
- b. Always provide a meaningful description to the link.
- 5. Topic Page Image:
- a. This is the image that will be used for the topic page. Image should be relevant to the article. If the image is from Wikimedia Commons or you have already uploaded it for the passage, you can just key in the full filename into the box. Else you have to upload the image. Please always provide a link to the source of the photo so we can easily trace it. It is imperative that we do not infringe the copyright of its owner.