How to Write a Newspaper Article
In this activity you will learn how to write a newspaper article (and make it great). Learn how to correctly format a newspaper article.
Newspapers use pictures and captivating headlines to draw in readers and hold their attention. Writing a great newspaper article can require an informative and persuasive language including emotive words, imagery and rhetorical questions.
The following hints, tips and ideas will help you write a newspaper article:
Newspaper Article Format and Structure
The article should include the following elements (in order)
1. Headline: Catches the reader’s attention. Sums up the story
2. Byline: Writer’s name
3. Placeline: Where the story takes place
4. Lead: The opening section. Gives most important information. Should answer most of the 5W’s
5. Body: Supplies detail. Most important details come first. Simple true statements
6. Quotation: What someone actually said. Adds accuracy. Adds “at the scene” feeling
Language used in articles should show the following features:
Clear and concise.
Written in 3rd person.
Use of past tense because the report refers to an event which has already taken place
Use of active or passive voice, depending on the focus and which is more engaging for the reader.
Factual and accurate.
Include quotes, comments, opinions, statements and observations from people involved or experts on the topic.