newspaper article writing
Newspaper articles provide readers with the information on any event or issue. The information will be on current events and issues, providing comphrensive detailed news reports with background information, interpretation and analysis. Newspapers also provide entertainment and are a reference for television, sport results, movie listings, community events and weather reports.
Newspapers use pictures and captivating headlines to draw in readers and hold their attention. Writing a newspaper article requires an informative and persuasive language including emotive words, imagery, and rhetorical questions.
Types of Newspaper Articles
Newspaper topics will vary according to the newspaper's audience. A national newspaper will report on national issues like finance and politics, while a local newspaper would report on actions and events in the local area. It also tends to lean towards emotional stories, people are more interested in a local minor event than a distant disaster.
A important news is placed on the front page. These major stories will often have smaller related background stories which will sometimes run for several pages or separate webpages. Lesser important news are put in the newspaper based on their improtance or placed based on category.
Structure of Newspaper Articles
The structure of a newspaper article is often considered as an inverted triangle with the most important details at the top of the article, with the least important information placed at the end of the article. It is important to keep each paragraph as independent as possibl. Don't forget that newspaper articles are not written in chronological order. The following are the elements of a newspaper:
1. Headline and by-line (reporter's name & picture).
2. Opening paragraph, introduction, of about 25-40 words in length and provides the most important and interesting news first while answering who, what, where, when (how and why are often reserved for later).
3. Further short paragrahs of about 30-40 words, each one has a main idea and different fact. They may also include quotes from people involved or experts.
4. Details are given in order of importance, with the least important details at the end of the article, this allows reader's to skim over the start of the article to gain the essential facts before deciding to read on.
5. Finally, summarise the facts and opinions with the details of the issue or event.
Language Features of Newspaper Articles (Headline)
1. Short phrases and incomplete sentences.
2. Figurative Language.
Language Features Newspaper Articles (Newspaper Article)
1. Clear and concise writing.
2. Written in 3rd person.
3. Use an active or passive voice, depending on the focus and which is more engaging for the reader.
4. Should be factual and accurate with supporting details.
5. Should include quotes, comments, opinions, statements and observations from people involved or experts on the topic.
6. Give people labels so that the reader knows who they are.
7. Avoid racist, sexist or religious slurs.
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