By Staff
The Charger
H. H. Dow HS
1st Place
Division 1, Yearbook
Caption Writing


  • Begin with strong leads, not name or title
  • Contain at least two sentences that answer all reader’s questions without stating the obvious
  • Evidence of adequate research which provides information that adds to reader’s understanding of event or situation
  • Clearly identifies all people in photo with both first and last names (sports captions should also identify names of players on opposing team)
  • Adhere to rules of good journalism including: active voice usually first sentence in present tense and remaining sentences in past tense to stop action freedom from editorial comment careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors correct use of grammar