How to Write A Newspaper Article - Weebly

How to Write A Newspaper Article - Weebly

How to Write A Newspaper Article Its important to know trust me Newspaper articles require a different style of writing from what is used when writing a story. When writing a newspaper article, picture a triangle like the one shown. who? why? what?

The newspaper article has all of the important information in the opening paragraph. This information includes who, what, when, where, why and how. It is written this way because most people do not read an entire newspaper article all the way through. So newspaper writers put the most important information at the beginning. where? how?

when? A typical newspaper article contains five (5) Part 1: Headline: This is a short, attention-getting statement about the event. When writing a headline, eliminate the verbs is, are, was, and were. Replace them with action verbs. Original: Three people were injured by a tornado in Illinois Revised: Illinois tornado injures three Original: Baseballs Opening Day was cancelled because of rain Revised: Rain cancels baseballs Opening Day Original: Competency exams are required for all future

graduates Revised: Future graduates must pass competency exams **Do not capitalize any words except the first one and any proper nouns. No period at the end of a headline. Also, when writing a headline, make sure there are no slip-ups

Here are some examples of actual newspaper headlines that just shouldnt have been: Grandmother of eight makes hole in one Queen Mary having bottom scraped Is there a ring of debris around Uranus? Prostitutes appeal to Pope Panda mating fails veterinarian takes over Eye drops off shelf

Squad helps dog bite victim Miners refuse to work after death Never withhold herpes from loved one If strike isnt settled quickly, it may last awhile War dims hope for peace Childs death ruins couples holiday Blind woman gets kidney from dad she hasnt seen in years Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say Typhoon rips through cemetery; hundreds dead Now you try it!

Original: Music director is casting Oklahoma! Revised: Music director casts Oklahoma! Original: James is appointed Transportation Secretary by governor Revised: Governor appoints James Transportation Secretary Part 2: Byline: this tells who wrote the story Part 3: Lead paragraph: this has the who, what, when, where, why and how in it. A writer must find

the answers to these questions and write them into the opening sentence(s) of the article. *The why and the how often appear only in the following paragraph. Part 4: Explanation: the writer must decide what other facts or details the reader might want to know the writer must make sure that he/she has enough information to answer any important questions a reader might have after reading the headline and the lead paragraph. this section can also include direct quotes from witnesses or bystanders. Part 5: Additional information: this information is the least important. Thus, if the news

article is too long for the space it needs to fill, it can be shortened without rewriting any other part. This part can include information about a similar event. Always remember When writing an article: Paragraphs are to be 2-3 sentences in length You must remain unbiased. You are giving facts only, not your opinion!! Being objective

Fact or opinion? The strikers rushed the company car and forced it to turn back. Fact Jim Watsons request for a raise is certainly reasonable. Opinion Jim Watson requested a raise. Now you try it!

The pilot, an arrogant, cold person, didnt inform the passengers about the reasons for the bumpy ride. The pilot didnt inform the passengers about the reason for the bumpy ride. Central High deserved the overwhelming victory it achieved in the tournament. Central High achieved an overwhelming victory in the tournament. Example

Headline: High flying escape ends in death Byline: By Robin Sloan Lead paragraph: Icarus, son of the famous inventor, Daedalus, plunged into the Aegean Sea and drowned while attempting to escape from the island of Crete early yesterday afternoon. His body has yet to be recovered.

Explanation: Icarus and his father had made wings from wax and bird feathers they had collected over the years while imprisoned on the island of Crete. They attached the homemade wings to their arms and, using a flapping motion, lifted off from the island shortly before noon. While making their escape, Icarus flew too close to the sun. As a result, the heat melted the wax on his wings which caused the feathers to drop off. The wings collapsed and Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.

Additional Information: Daedalus, sobbing from the distant shore where he had landed safely, said, My last words to Icarus before we left the island was to stay close and not fly too high! He just didnt listen! Why didnt he listen to me? Daedalus and Icarus had been held prisoner by King Minos on the island of Crete, and had been forced to build a labyrinth at the palace of Knossos. It was known to be the most difficult maze in the world to navigate successfully. High flying escape ends in death By Robin Sloan Icarus, son of the famous

inventor, Daedalus, plunged into the Aegean Sea and drowned while attempting to escape from the island of Crete early yesterday afternoon. His body has yet to be recovered. Icarus and his father had made wings from wax and bird feathers they had collected over the years while imprisoned on the island of Crete. They attached the homemade wings to their arms and, using a flapping motion, lifted off from the island shortly before noon. While making their escape, Icarus flew too close to the sun. As a result, the heat melted the wax on his wings which caused the feathers to drop off. The wings

collapsed and Icarus fell into the sea and drowned. Daedalus, sobbing from the distant shore where he had landed safely, said, My last words to Icarus before we left the island was to stay close and not fly too high! He just didnt listen! Why didnt he listen to me? Daedalus and Icarus had been held prisoner by King Minos on the island of Crete, and had been forced to build a labyrinth at the palace of Knossos. It was known to be the most difficult maze in the world to navigate successfully.

Who? Icarus, son of famous inventor, Daedalus What? drowned When? yesterday Where? the Aegean Sea

Why? He tried to escape from the island of Crete How? He got too close to the sun and the heat melted the wax on his wings Your turn!

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