Understanding the components of a newspaper article


This article helps you to understand the various  components of a newspaper article. 






A newspaper article is made up of several components, as shown in the following screenshot and detailed below:

Figure 1: Components of an e-Paper


  • Headline - This is a large type running above or beside a story to summarise its content, also called ahead, for short. It can be considered the article title.
  • Drop head - A small headline running below the main headline, also called a deck. This helps to provide a short explanation of what the story is about.
  • Byline - The reporter's name, usually at the beginning of a story.
  • Lead paragraph - This is the most important part of a news story. With so many sources of information like newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and the Internet, the audience is not willing to read beyond the first paragraph (and even sentence) of a story unless it grabs their interest.
  • Body - This is comprised of the relevant facts or details that the intended audience needs to know after reading the headline and lead paragraph. Depending on the context of the event, it could include direct quotes from the researchers, study participants and or community stakeholders.
  • Body type - Type used for text (in newspapers, it usually ranges from 8 to 10 points).

 For more information on this topic, please refer to the following article: https://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072407611/student_view0/glossary.html





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