Let the readers know what is in store for them by the " blaze" in your first paragraphs of an article. There are two kinds of articles; those which cover things in general and can be published at most any time, and current events. The best place to start with these kind of articles is the local newspaper with a goal of syndication to many other media.
In order for acceptance by the editor there must be a local twist of personal interest to the readers. The ununusual and odd things about people and their vocation and gives the reader a departure from the daily drudgery are the best and most saleable articles to write about. This includes adventure, mystery, murder, money, accidents, discoveries, economy, history, illness, jail, jealousy, obsessions, quacks, struggles, taxes, etc.
You must attract attention from the first words when writing feature stories for a newspaper type publication, where as a novel or short story for a magazine builds to a climax and generally clears up all the loose ends at completion.
For a magazine article to sell to the publisher "action" in the first and last part is a must, while the body copy is devoted to narrative or explanations with a number of vital incidents to keep the action alive. Keep the writing "flowing" in such a manner the reader will anxiously read ahead to see what happens next.
When it is possible to do so without distorting the truth, add some fiction to your life stories to keep them interesting and alive!
There are millions of things to write about so you should never be without ideas for your articles. To get the ideas all you need to do is go through the dictionary and write about anything and everything that comes to mind.