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Writing a newspaper report

Newspaper report writing for Secondary school students.

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Writing a newspaper report

  1. 1. Types of Newspaper ReportsNewsworthy topics will vary according to the newspapersaudience.•National newspapers will report on national issues likefinance, war and politics such as _____________________________________________________________________•Local newspapers would report on actions and events inthe area and tend to lean towards emotional stories such as_________________________________________________ Newspaper Reports Should Be ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  2. 2. The structure of a newspaper report is often compared to aninverted triangle. The most important details are at the top. Details and other relevant information is placed in the body of text. The least important information is placed at the end of the report. Newspaper reports are written in columns Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  3. 3. A newspaper report includes the following (in order):1. Headline and by-line (reporters 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 paragraphs of about 30-40 words, each one has a main idea and different fact, includes quotes from people involved or experts.4. Details are given in order of importance, least important details at the end of the article.5. At the end of a newspaper article the facts and opinions are summarised, detailing the issue or event. Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  4. 4. Masthead Subheading Headline BylineOpening ParagraphShort Paragraphs Details Quotes StatementsWritten in columns Summary of report Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  5. 5. Visual StimulusHeadlines use size, bold, capitals,different font styles, underlining andsometimes colour to grab attention.Photographs, illustrations, graphs,graphics and maps are used alongsidenewspaper articles to help presentcomplex information as well as addinterest and colour. Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  6. 6. Language Features Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  7. 7. Language Features - Newspaper ArticleNewspaper Articles combine the following language features toinform, entertain and persuade.• Clear and concise writing.• Written in 3rd person.• Should be factual and accurate.• Should include quotes, comments, opinions, statements and observations from people involved or experts on the topic.• Give people labels so that the reader knows who they are straight away, for example: "the Minister, Mr. Dash".• Should avoid racist, sexist or religious slurs.• Should be accurate and balanced (provide facts supporting both sides of the issue). One more important point is… Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  8. 8. Language Features - HeadlinesHeadlines convey information andattract attention using thefollowing: Headlines•Short phrases and incomplete are verysentences.•Figurative Language. important•Stereotypes. for•Exaggeration. newspaper reports!! Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  9. 9. Introductory Paragraph (Lead)• Most important in the report• Provides the summary of the report• Answers the following 5-W 1-H-Questions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  10. 10. Conclusions• Follow-up action by the authorities – Police are investigating the cause of the fire• Appeal for information – Those interested can contact the organisers at 666688823• Quote that summarises the story – Mr. David Teo, the CEO, told News Today, “We are glad to see youths coming forward to participate in this fundraising event. Our company supports this positive trend.” Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  11. 11. Objective OR Sensational• Objective: ____________________________ _____________________________________Examples:• Sensational:__________________________________________________________________Examples: Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  12. 12. This is not finalised, need to decide and indicate…IT’S YOUR TURN!Write a newspaper report on the following: There are several events that have occurred in Animal Farm so far. Choose an event and present it as a newspaper report. This is a group/individual assignment to be done as homework/in class. Instructions are as follows: Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012
  13. 13. Your report should have at least six paragraphs. These shouldanswer the questions WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHYAND HOW. 1. Come up with a catchy headline and write in columns. 2. Your first paragraph should introduce the main idea of the story, and answer the question WHO. 3. Your paragraphs should be short and to the point. 4. You should have referred to some of the things people said about the event, written in the past tense throughout your report. 5. Your report should be easy to read and understand. It should be written in sentences, paragraphs, and SHOULD NOT have any spelling mistakes. Mrs Rosalind Ravi/AES/2012