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1. newspaper brief history.
 2. Types of news paper
   3. Head lines
       *types of head lines and examples.
        *Differences between head lines
Newspaper history
     For centuries, civilizations have used print media
to spread news and information to the masses. The
Roman Acta Diurna, appearing around 59 B.C, is the
earliest recorded “newspaper”. Julius Caesar, wanting
to inform the public about important social and
political happenings, ordered upcoming events posted
in major cities. Written on large white boards and
displayed in popular places like the Baths, the Acta
kept citizens informed about government scandals,
military campaigns, trials and executions. In 8th
century China, the first newspapers appeared as hand-
written newsheets in Beijing.
Newspaper history
   The printing press, invented by Johann Gutenberg in 1447,
ushered in the era of the modern newspaper. Gutenberg’s
machine enabled the free exchange of ideas and the spread of
knowledge -- themes that would define Renaissance Europe.
During this era, newsletters supplied a growing merchant class
with news relevant to trade and commerce. Manuscript
newssheets were being circulated in German cities by the late
15th century. These pamphlets were often highly
sensationalized; one reported on the abuse that Germans in
Transylvania were suffering at the hands of Vlad TsepesDrakul,
also known as Count Dracula. In 1556 the Venetian government
published Notizie scritte, for which readers paid a small coin, or
Newspaper history
    In the first half of the 17th century, newspapers began to
appear as regular and frequent publications. The first modern
newspapers were products of western European countries like
Germany (publishing Relation in 1605), France (Gazette in
1631), Belgium (Nieuwe Tijdingen in 1616) and England (the
London Gazette, founded in 1665, is still published as a court
journal). These periodicals consisted mainly of news items from
Europe, and occasionally included information from America or
Asia. They rarely covered domestic issues; instead English papers
reported on French military blunders while French papers
covered the latest British royal scandal.
    Newspaper history
        No sooner had newspapers adapted to radio than they
    were forced to re-evaluate themselves in light of a new and
    more powerful medium: television. Between 1940 and 1990,
    newspaper circulation in America dropped from one
    newspaper for every two adults to one for every three adults.
    Despite this sharp decline, television’s omnipresence did not
    render the newspaper obsolete. Some newspapers, like USA
    Today, responded to the technological advancements by
    using color and by utilizing the “short, quick and to the
    point” stories that are usually featured on television.
    The technological revolution of today is creating new
    challenges and opportunities for traditional media. Never
    before has so much information been so accessible to so
Types of newspaper
Newspapers can be divided into two sorts:
  broadsheets, and tabloids.
Broadsheet newspapers are the large ones (e.g. The
   Times and The Daily Telegraph)
Tabloid newspapers are the small ones (e.g. The Sun
   andThe Daily Mirror).
You may have discovered the following things:
1. Newspaper writing is in columns .
2. Newspaper stories are often called articles or reports
3. All articles' titles are called headlines .
Types of newspaper
4. Many articles have pictures to go with
   them; the writing under a picture is called a
5. Articles are often split into sections by
   subheadings ; often these are just one
6. Articles often include interviews with
   people involved in the incident.

Most of the articles you see in The Dispatch are news articles.
  News articles focus only on the facts <ETH> they don't
  contain anyone's opinion There are several types of news
A local news article focuses on what's going on in your
  neighborhood. An example of a local news story would be
  an article on a city council meeting.
A national news article focuses on what's happening in the
  United States. An example of a national news article would
  be an article on the U.S. Senate passing a new bill.
An international news article focuses on news that's
  happening outside the United States. A story on an
  influenza outbreak in Chile would be considered an
  international news story.

A feature article is an article that is about "softer" news. A
  feature may be a profile of a person who does a lot of
  volunteer work in the community or a movie preview.
  Feature articles are not considered news stories.
An editorial is an article that contains the writer's opinion.
  Editorials are usually run all together on a specific page of
  the paper and focus on current events. Editorials are not
  considered news stories.
A column is an article written by the same person on a regular
  basis. A columnist (the writer of the column) writes about
  subjects of interest to him/her, current events or
  community happenings. Columns are not considered news

    A feature article is an article that is about "softer" news. A feature may
    be a profile of a person who does a lot of volunteer work in the
    community or a preview of a movie about to hit the theaters. Like news
    writing, strong feature writing is simple, clear and orderly. But, unlike
    news stories, feature stories don't have to be written about events that
    just happened. Instead, they focus on human interest, mood,
    atmosphere, emotion, irony and humor. Here are some steps to follow
    to help you write a good feature story:
1. Get the reader's attention quickly.
    • Start with a well thought-out first paragraph touching on some aspect
    of the person's life that you are writing about or the event if it is not a
    • Good feature stories have a beginning that draws in readers, a
    transition that might repeat it in the middle and an ending that refers to
    the beginning.
2. Organize your story carefully.
   • Feature stories can be told in narrative fashion or by sliding from event to
   event even though not in chronological order. Use careful transitions to
   maintain the flow of the story if you're not going to follow chronological
3. Use short paragraphs effect and vary the lengths of sentences for.
   • Reading sentences and paragraphs that are always the same length gets
4. Write with strong verbs and nouns, but go easy on adjectives.
   • Try to draw a picture of your subject or event through your writing. Read
   the sentences below and think about which paints a better picture for your
   The man was tall.
   The man's head almost brushed against the eight foot ceiling in the room.
   The ship sank in 1900.
   The ship sank just as the first intercontinental railroad was nearing
5. Don't be afraid to use offbeat quotes.
  • Not profanity, but rather witty things the person
  may say in response to a question about their
  success, life or family.
6. Write tightly.
  • You do not need to tell the reader everything
  you know on a subject or event. Tell only the
  most important things. It's better to write shorter
  than longer. A good feature can be done in 500-
  750 words
 Feature articles are nonfiction articles that intend to inform, teach, or
  amuse the reader on a topic. The topic centers around human interests.
  Feature stories may include conventions found in fiction such as
  dialogue, plot and character. A feature article is an umbrella term that
  includes many literary structures: personality sketches, essays, how-to's,
  interviews and many others.The following are examples of feature
 Column — A short newspaper or magazine piece that deals specifically
  with a particular field of interest, or broadly with an issue or
  circumstance of far-reaching scope. They appear with bylines on a
  regular basis (daily, weekly, etc.). They may be written exclusively for
  one newspaper or magazine; they may be marketed by a syndicate, or
  they may be self-syndicated by the author.
   Essay — A short, literary, nonfiction composition (usually prose) in
    which a writer develops a theme or expresses an idea.
   Evergreen — A timeless article that editors can hold for months and
    publish when needed. They need little or no updating.
   Exposè — These articles use in-depth reporting with heavy research and
    documentation. Used to expose corruption in business, politics or
    celebrities. Also called the investigative article.
   Filler — Short non-fiction items, usually just under 300 words used to
    fill in space on a page of a magazine or newspaper
   How-to — How-to articles help people to learn how to do something.
    They provide step-by-step information for the reader.
   Human interest story — An article that involves local people and events
    and can be sold to daily and some weekly newspapers. Human interest
    elements, such as anecdotes or accounts of personal experiences, can
    support ideas in magazine articles as firmly as facts or statistics. Also
    called "true-life" stories.
   Interview —This feature story type article includes the text of the
    conversation between two or more people, normally directed by the
    interviewer. Interviews are often edited for clarity. One common
    variation is the roundtable--the text of a less organized discussion,
    usually between three or more people.
   Op-Ed — Articles that run opposite the editorial page. They are a response to
    current editorials and topical subjects. Political op-eds are the most common,
    but they don't have to be limited to politics. They must, however, reflect items
    that are current and newsworthy.
   Personal experience — An article in which the writer recounts an ordeal, process,
    or event he has undergone.
   Personality Profile — A personal or professional portrait--sometimes both-- of
    a particular individual.
   Seasonal — An article written about a holiday, season of the year, or timely
    observance. This kind of article must be submitted months in advance of the
    anticipated publication date .
   Service Article — An article about a consumer product or service; it outlines the
    characteristics of several of the same type of commodity. The aim is to help the
    consumer make the best selection possible.
   Sidebar — A short feature that accompanies a news story or magazine article. It
    elaborates on human interest aspects of the story, explains one important facet
    of the story in more depth, or provides additional factual information--such as a
    list of names and addresses--that would read awkwardly in the body of the
    article. Can be found in a box, separated from the main article on the side or
   Travel literature — Travel articles inform and enlighten the reader through facts
    about a region's landscape, scenery, people, customs, and atmostphere.
   Types of articles
Articles can be divided into two main categories: news and features. Straight news stories
   deal with the timeliness and immediacy of breaking news, while feature articles are
   news stories that deal with human interest topics.
A NEWS article is an article published in a print or Internet news medium such as a
   newspaper, newsletter, news magazine, or news-oriented website that discusses current
   or recent news of either general interest (i.e. daily newspapers) or on a specific topic
   (i.e. political or trade news magazines, club newsletters, or technology news websites).
 A news article can include accounts of eyewitnesses to the happening event. It can
   contain photographs, accounts, statistics, graphs, recollections, interviews, polls,
   debates on the topic, etc. Headlines can be used to focus the reader’s attention on a
   particular (or main) part of the article. The writer can also give facts and detailed
   information following answers to general questions like who, what, when, where, why
   and how. Quoting references can also be helpful. References to people can also be
   made through written accounts of interviews and debates confirming the factuality of
   the writer’s information and the reliability of his source. The writer can use
   redirections to ensure that the reader keeps reading the article and also draws his
   attention to other articles. For example: - phrases like “continued on page x …”
   redirects the reader to page number x where the article is continued. Conclusions also
   are very important ingredients for newspaper articles.
    Types of articlE
  Other types of articles
 Academic — An academic article is an academic paper published in a journal. An
   academic's status is usually dependent on how many articles they have had
   published, and also the number of times their articles are cited by other articles.
 Blog — Some styles of blogging are more like articles. Other styles are written
   more like entries in a personal journal.
 Encyclopedia — In an encyclopedia or other reference work, an article is a
   primary division of content.
 Marketing — An often thin piece of content which is designed to draw the reader
   to a commercial website.
 Usenet — Usenet articles are e-mail like messages posted to share Usenet
Characteristics of well-written articles
 The piece is a factual account of a newsworthy event.
 The writer is objective and shows all sides to an issue.
 The sources for this news story are identified and are reliable.
Body of feature article
 Feature articles follow a format appropriate for its type. Structures for these
   types of articles may include, but are not limited to:[15]
 chronological — the article may be a narrative of some sort.
 cause and effect — the reasons and results of an event or process is examined.
 classification — items in an article are grouped to help aid understanding
 compare and contrast— two or more items are examined side-by-side to see
   their similarities and differences
 list — A simple item-by-item run-down of pieces of information.
 question and answer —such as an interview with a celebrity or expert.
Body of news story
 For the news story, details and elaboration are evident in the body of the news
   story and flow smoothly from the lead.
 Quotes are used to add interest and support to the story.
 The inverted pyramid is used with most news stories
   One difference between a news story and a feature article is
    the conclusion. Endings for hard news article occur when all
    of the information has been presented according to the
    inverted pyramid form. By contrast, the feature article
    needs more definite closure . The conclusions for these
    articles may include, but are not limited to:
   a final quote
   a descriptive scene
   a play on the title or lead
   a summary statement
 The Language of News Stories
News writing tends to be:
 impersonal to make it appear objective (to distance the reporter
  from the story) hence:
    written in the third person
    use of direct speech or indirect speech which is attributed to
     someone other than the reporter.
    some use of passive verbs but usually only when someone
     who is being quoted wants to distance themselves from an
     issue and to show their objectivity about an issue.
 about something that has taken place so mostly written in the
  past tense
The Language of News Stories

   simple - in fact close to the way we talk - so relatively short sentences and words
    and some use of cliches which the whole audience understands.
   punchy - it must grab the reader's attention so often uses:
       short rather than long words
       active verbs
       relatively short sentences
       concrete rather than abstract vocabulary
       See this Assessment Resource Bank resource on Types of Nouns
       sometimes emotive and colorful vocabulary
       some use (but not overuse) of adjectives
   but also relatively formal hence
       no use of contractions
       sentences written in full (no elision) or eliptical sentences
   sometimes imagery is used to help create a clearer mental picture for the reader.
   often including the reporter's bi-line and/or a date-line
Stylistic features of headlines:
 Alliteration is the repetition of a leading consonant sound in a
   phrase a common example in English is " Peter piper picked a peck
   of pickled peppers “
 Assonance is repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming
   within phrases or sentences, and together with alliteration and
   consonance serves as one of the building blocks of verse. For
   example, in the phrase "Do you like blue?", the "oo" (ou/ue) sound
   is repeated within the sentence and is assonant.
 Assonance is more a feature of verse than prose. It is used in
   (mainly modern) English-language poetry, and is particularly
   important in Old French, Spanish and Celtic languages.
    A cliché (from French, klɪ'ʃe) is a phrase, expression, or idea that has been
     overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at
     some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel. The term is most
     likely to be used in a negative context.
     Cliché" applies also to almost any situation, plot device, subject,
     characterization, figure of speech, or object—in short, any sign—that has
     become overly familiar or commonplace.
    Because the novelty or frequency of an expression's use varies across different
     times and places, whether or not it is a cliché depends largely on who uses it, the
     context in which it is used, and who is making the judgment.
    The meaning of a particular cliché may shift over time, often leading to
     confusion or misuse
It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then, like most clichés, that cliché is
A euphemism is the substitution of an agreeable or less
  offensive expression in place of one that may offend or
  suggest something unpleasant to the listener; or in the case
  of doublespeak, to make it less troublesome for the
  speaker.[1] It also may be a substitution of a description of
  something or someone rather than the name, to avoid
  revealing secret, holy, or sacred names to the uninitiated, or
  to obscure the identity of the subject of a conversation
  from potential eavesdroppers. Some euphemisms are
  intended to be funny
Irony is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is an
   incongruity or discordance between what a speaker or a writer
   says and what he or she means, or is generally understood.
   In modern usage it can also refer to particularly striking examples
   of incongruities observed in everyday life between what was
   intended or said and what actually happened.
   There is some argument about what is or is not ironic, but all the
   different senses of irony revolve around the perceived notion of
   an incongruity between what is said and what is meant; or
   between an understanding of reality, or an expectation of a
   reality, and what actually happens.
   Irony can be funny, but it does not have to be.
Types of irony
   Most modern theories of rhetoric distinguish between three types of
    irony: verbal, dramatic and situational.
   Verbal irony is a disparity of expression and intention: when a speaker
    says one thing but means another, or when a literal meaning is
    contrary to its intended effect.
   Dramatic (or tragic) irony is a disparity of expression and awareness:
    when words and actions possess a significance that the listener or
    audience understands, but the speaker or character does not.
   Situational irony is the disparity of intention and result: when the
    result of an action is contrary to the desired or expected effect.
    Likewise, cosmic irony is disparity between human desires and the
    harsh realities of the outside world (or the whims of the gods). By
    some older definitions, situational irony and cosmic irony are not
    irony at all.
METAPHOR The user interface of newspapers has been developed
 and standardized throughout centuries. Despite sociological
 differences, publishers and editors from different parts of the
 world can meet to discuss the content, role, and technology of
 newspapers--just as readers from different parts of the world can
 pick up a local paper and immediately know how to read it if the
 written language is known. The different elements of the
 newspaper interface are collectively known as the "newspaper
 metaphor". It is important to understand how the various
 elements of the newspaper work together before trying to
 transcode them into new media The front page is the most
 distinct feature of the newspaper format. It was invented 300
 years ago.
pun (or paronomasia) is a phrase that deliberately exploits
  confusion between similar-sounding words for humorous or
  rhetorical effect.
   A pun may also cause confusion between two senses of the
  same written or spoken word, due to homophony,
  homography, homonymy, polysemy, or metaphorical usage.
  Walter Redfern has said: "To pun is to treat homonyms as
  synonyms"[1]. For example, in the phrase, "There is nothing
  punny about bad puns", the pun takes place in the deliberate
  confusion of the implied word "funny" by the substitution of the
  word "punny", a heterophone of "funny". By definition, puns
  must be deliberate; an involuntary substitution of similar
  words is called a malapropism.
  Puns are a form of word play, and occur in all languages, with
  the exception of Lojban.
 Repletion of words in headlines is for emphasis and very
  strong dramatic effect.
Example : out out out .
 Shared knowledge, many headlines assume shared cultural
  knowledge and shared general knowledge between the
  headline writer and the reader. This include the use of only
  first names or surnames of people are considered so well-
  known that stating their full name, position or title or
  reason for prominence is considered unnecessary.
Example: kiss for Harry as he meets pop idols.
 Simile is describing one thing by linking it to another
Example: villagers sick as a parrot.