Newspaper articles

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.

We read and are influenced by newspaper articles on a daily basis. Newspapers and the articles contained within provide information on current events and issues with interpretation and analysis.

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)

  Key Elements of a News Report

   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.

Example of Key Elements

Watch the following videos for further help

1. General Introduction

2. The Inverted Pyramid Style


3. Writing Headlines


4. Writing a Lead


3. Writing the Body


Now, you should be ready to write an excellent newspaper article