ESL - Writing a newspaper article (step-by-step guide)

hello there this is mr. P on today's

lesson we're going to learn how to write

a newspaper article let's get started

there are two categories of articles

feature articles and newspaper articles

there are other types of articles

editorials book and movie reviews but in

this lesson we're going to look at news

articles differences between a feature

and news story feature story they are

longer a more in-depth than regular news

articles they cover one subject from

multiple angles and are written in a

more creative entertaining way news

story they cover the basics of current

events they answer the questions who

what how where and when

new stories can also be creative and

entertaining too however it is important

to remember that both news and features

require the same level of research our


basic story outline the best way to

structure a newspaper article is a write

an outline be review your research and

notes see write briefly ideas for the

following six sections remember this is

just a foundation upon which to build

your story now let's look at the

elements of a newspaper article number

one the headline number two the byline

number three the plays line number four

the lead number five the body and number

six quotations so about writing a

headline the headline should catch your

attention and should summarize the story

make it interesting there is a formula

we can use number or trigger word plus

adjective plus keyword plus promise and

this is your example how you can

effortlessly sell your home in less than

24 hours then we have the byline and we

have the plays line the byline includes

the writers name and the writers

speciality examples sports food crime

etc do not forget date here example John

Smith Sports Reporter date Wednesday

June the 7th 2020 the place lining

studies where the story begins

example Toronto Vancouver New York Paris

etc so the next step is how to write a

lead the lead is the very first or the

second sentence at the beginning of the


a news article lead is based on the idea

that you need to present the best

details first it has to catch the

reader's eye immediately provide the

most important information about the


in the lead you need to provide the 5 WS

and H which is a traditional lead

attempt to unser most or all of the key

questions who what when where why and


so now let's look at these strategies

for a good lead first keep it short

usually one sentence only secondly if

you have something in the lead make sure

you will be talking about it in the body

of your article and third use words to

make it interesting but keep it short

and stick to the 5 WS and H let's talk

about the body now the main news article

itself is written from bottom down in

other words the most important

information comes first with each

paragraph giving less and less details

after that in a novel instead the

narrative starts with little information

and develops in the end to get all of it


you should answer the five W's an H

right away in your body discuss them in

more detail using quotes the body

paragraphs should be short just two to

four sentences long the information

reported has just happened so do not

explain the history of events that led

up to the story being reported the

report should be written in the third

person with a formal voice use pronouns

like he/she eat they etc include

imagined statements from people who may

be connected with the story imagine you

had interviewed them immediately after

the incident described in your headline

put your mindset to write as a reporter

use news article report language and

create a meaningful news report so the

last point is the quotations you need to

include things people actually said

quotations are accuracy to the story two

things to remember don't forget to add

quotation marks to your quote use

reported speech like in this example we

had no idea he was concealing a gun

now let's organize your paragraphs

paragraph one report on the who what

where and when paragraph two report on

the why and the how be more specific and

add details paragraph three provide a

quote from a witness expert to a

participant at the center's or two

before and after the quote to explain

who the speaker is and their connection

to the news event example miss Kerry who

saw the accident said it was terrible

paragraph four provide a quote from a

second witness expert or participant

following the same format as the

previous quote make sure you include a

quote from a different person example

Frank parts local high school teachers

stated the Brampton for fair was amazing

he provided a great opportunity for

students who volunteer their time and

services in the community

paragraph five make a final statement to

conclude your news report provide

information for the reader to learn more

about the news event so that's it for


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