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Know who your audience is and who the article is aimed at, use the who, what, where, when, why and how format in your opening then concentrate on the important information in the main section of the article. As all the others have said don't be informal and avoid colloquial language.


I was formerly a newspaper editor before I became an English teacher.  The first thing when writing a newspaper article is to find some event worth reporting on.

A newspaper article, as others have said, reports the facts and details of an event.  As you might expect, there is no rising action, falling action or climax - this is not a story, this is the fact.

Begin with the most important, critical points of the article.

Yesterday night around 11 pm, a man, George Bluth, 41 was shot in front of Parker Square Mall.  Police responding to the scene of the shooting cordoned off a small area near the doors of the mall, and did not respond to questions. Mr. Bluth was taken to the St. Catherine's Memorial Hospital, and is currently in stable condition.

According to Mrs. Bluth, George was walking home from a night with friends, and the police say that he was attacked by several youths...

You should progress through the story, and each paragraph should contain less important facts than the paragraph before.

As many others have said, you should use formal language as I have above.  Instead of "I asked the police...", you should write "police reported that..." and so on.

A broadsheet article reports the facts and details of an event, without an authors opinion (as would be the case in a tabloid newspaper). In general, they are unbiased but this is often not the case in real newsprint. The idea is for the reader to form their own opinion based on the given information.
The article should be written in complete sentences, using formal language, and be broken up in to sections to help the reader navigate the article.

The article would usually be about something serious and newsworthy, including current affairs, rather than commenting on popular media and celebrities.

Don't forget to add a title, date, and author's name to the article. The title should also be formal and to the point, avoiding puns or jokey headlines as in tabloids.

Hope that helps.
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Hemm Im not so sure but..

The below is the structure and features of a broadsheet article.

Content.

  • Emphasis on important global/national news, political, economic, social and cultural issues.
  • Covers politics, finance and current affairs.
  • Often has a sports supplement.

Appearance

  • Few photographs, A2 size, black/white.
  • Front page more informative, about public issues.
  • Design emphasizes content through detailed articles in small print, with some emphasis on photographs and restrained use of color.

Headline

Informative, factual, serious language, black/white.

Article.

  • Formal language, highly researched, factual details, neutral and unbiased, small print.
  • Varied types of sentences.
  • Emphasis on information.

 


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