By Staff
The Hornet
Saline MS
1st Place Division MS, Yearbook Verbal
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, typically the first sentence in present tense and remaining sentences are in past tense, freedom from editorial comment, careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors, correct use of grammar