is a periodical publication containing news regarding current events, informative articles, diverse features, editorials, and advertising. It usually is printed on relatively inexpensive, low-grade paper such as newsprint.
Newspapers typically meet four criteria:
- Publicity: Its contents are reasonably accessible to the public.
- Periodicity: It is published at regular intervals.
- Currency: Its information is up to date.
- Universality: It covers a range of topics.
Parts and Sections of Newspaper
Headline – The words printed in large type across the top of a newspaper article to catch the reader’s attention.
Dateline – The words at the beginning of a news article that tells when and where the article was written.
News Article – In a newspaper, a story about an event that has just taken place.
Feature Article – In a newspaper, a detailed report on a person, an issue, or an event.
Classifieds – Where you can find job hiring, vacancies, etc.
Obituaries – People will die and as long as they continue to do so, there will be journalists there to write nice things about them.
Comics – It is found in the entertainment page where some jokes and comics strips can be seen.
Editorial – An article in which the people who run a newspaper give their opinion on an important issue.
Types of Articles
- Feature articles
What Articles Need to Include
- Who was involved in the story?
- What happened?
- When did it occur?
- Why it happened?
- How it happened?
- Where it happened?
Elements of Newspaper
–tells who wrote the story; may include the writer’s title.
· Classified ad
–an ad that appears in the classified or “want ad” section of the newspaper.
–a vertical division of the layout that helps give structure to the pages. Newspaper stories and images are measured in column inches: the number of columns wide by the number of inches long.
–explains what is happening in a photograph or illustration. The use of “cut” dates back to a time when images in the newspaper were printed from carved wood and etched metal. A cutline or caption sometimes may include a photo credit, the name of the person who took the picture.
–the location (and sometimes the date) from which a story was sent, usually given at the beginning of a story. The term was first used at a time when news often took days to reach a reader, so the date and location of the event were included in the story.
· Display ad
–an ad for a business or organization that appears on a newspaper page.
–a type of story on the editorial page that expresses an opinion of the newspaper and encourages the reader to take some action.
–the name of the newspaper as it appears at the top of page one.
· Folio line – the date and page number that appears at the top of each newspaper page.
–large type written and designed to summarize a story and get the reader’s attention.
–tells the reader where regularly featured pages, such as sports, weather and local news, can be found.
–the line that tells the reader on which page the story is continued.
–the beginning of the story, which summarizes it and/or grabs the reader’s attention.
–the formal statement of the newspaper’s name, officers, management and place of publication.
– It usually appears on the editorial page.
· Wire story
– a story written by a reporter for a news service, such as The Associated Press or Reuters.