In the News

When reading the news, we can flick through the newspaper pages while deciding what to read and stop by in your favourite section, which, for sure, will be one of these:

Editorial /Opinion Article
•Letters Page /letters to the Editor
•Overseas/International News
•Home/Local/ National News
•Gossip /Society
•Feature / Human Interest Story
•Fashion/ Style
•Finance/Business /Economy
•Classified Ads
•TV Guide /Entertainment Listing
All articles are divided into three sections:

What do you need for a good headline?

Now, try to complete this exercise.


A phrase, sentence or several sentences near the title of an article or story, a quick blurb or article teaser.

By writing one or two powerful sentences to open the article, half the article’s challenges have been battled. Once writing a lead is mastered, the rest of the article will fall into place because the lead is just the first of many facts in an article listed from most important to least important.


In journalism, the Five W’s (also known as the Five W’s (and one H), or Six W’s) is a concept in news style, research, and in police investigations that are regarded as basics in information-gathering.It is a formula for getting the “full” story on something. If one W is missing, the story is probably incomplete. The maxim of the Five W’s (and one H) is that for a report to be considered complete it must answer a checklist of six questions, each of which comprises an interrogative word:

  • Who is it about?
  • What happened (what’s the story)?
  • When did it take place?
  • Where did it take place?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How did it happen?

Make sure your language is clear and doesn’t lead to any misunderstandings. Ready for a laugh? Check these humourous headlines

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One Response to In the News

  1. Maite 17B says:

    Not Mossad, not the CIA, but his own people are beating him.

    We are witnessing the collapse of the authoritarian regimes in the Arabian countries. One of the most tyrannical dictators (no longer very appreciated by Western countries) has been Colonel Gadhafi from Libya, who still holds Tripoli but whose rule is being overthrown by his opponents.
    Civilians and military forces have announced they are making a ‘National Council’ to manage the transition process to democracy in Libya.
    Despite the bloody resistance of Gadhafi, the majority of Libyan people expect hopefully the arrival of the peace, whereas others escape desperately towards the border.

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