QUICK CHECKLIST –
FOR WRITING CAPTIONS
Staffers can use this checklist as a quick and easy way to be sure captions are complete and have variety on each spread.
□ The caption has some sort of starter — introductory phrase, bold face, color, all caps.
□ The first sentence is written in present tense.
□ Subsequent sentences are written in past tense.
□ The caption has at least two sentences.
□ There is variety in the way captions start. Not every caption begins with a name.
□ The caption tells more than what is obvious in the photograph.
□ The writer’s opinion is avoided in the caption.
□ The caption uses picture-painting verbs.
□ The caption gives information not already included in the story.
□ Sports opponents are identified by jersey number and name.