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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: WRITING ON NEWSPAPERS

When you are supposed to write on newspapers, the following terms might be useful for you to know:

Break when the story emerges. Sometimes this is called breaking news.
Byline gives the name of the journalist who wrote the piece.
Caption words which explain pictures or artwork.
Column a vertical article that appears on a page. This can be known as a 'leg'.
Copy written material submitted for publishing to the editor.
Diary column either a gossip column or a day-to-day personal column.
Down-page a name given to a story which appears in the bottom half of a newspaper page.
Editorial this can be all non-advertising copy. lt can also be a column in which the newspaper expresses its opinion on a topic.
Exclusive a story carried by only one newspaper.
Eye-witness reporting where the reporter has been at an event.
Feature a distinct news story. This will give more background information from a wider range of resources than an eyewitness report. The journalist's opinion will be more apparent too.
Filler a short story of one or two paragraphs, used to fill space when a long story runs short.
Hard news news which looks at 'who', 'what', 'wherel, 'when' and 'why'. lt is based on factual details with only a little description, journalistic comment or analysis.
Human-interest story this concentrates on tragedy, success, failure, or someone's emotional or sexual history.
In-depth reporting covers issues in some detail.
Lead the main story on the page. lf this appears on the front page it is sometimes known as a 'splash'.
Punch-line the main point of a story.
Running story a story carried over several editions or days.
Soft news a light news story that is more colourful, witty and carries more commentary than hard news.
Banner a front-page headline which spans the top of the page.
Broadsheet a larger newspaper often referred to as a 'quality' paper, such as The Guardian and The Times, aimed at an educated audience.
Classified ads small adverts classified according to subject area and without illustrations.
Display ads large adverts often with illustrations; they can appear on the editorial pages.
Layout the design and look of the page.
Tabloid newspapers refers to the smaller size of papers like The Mirror, The Sun or The Express.

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