Everyday mornings start with the perusal of newspapers. From international to national news, down to city dailies, every activity taking place around is compacted and collected and made available at our doorstep every single day. Today, we can access news on our mobile phones without any hassle. Ever thought what goes on behind compiling all this information? Ever knew what makes it possible to keep people indulged and informed every day? Newspapers are periodic publications containing written and drafted information encapsulating topics like business, sports, politics, arts, science, opinion columns, obituaries, puzzles and crosswords, advice columns, matrimonial columns, etc. General articles in a newspaper consider these common questions- Who was involved in the event being discussed? What kind of event is being talked about? When did the event happen? Where did it happen? How and why it happened?
The need to answer these questions is a necessity to keep the strength of the article intact and unflawed. Providing concise information to the audience is of foremost importance in newspaper writing. Articles that drift away from real motives of informing and permeating knowledge to readers will ultimately lose authenticity and fall flat on expectations. Writing newspaper articles demands thorough research before writing and precise, unbiased information as well. Miscellaneous token elements like catchy headlines, bylines and relevant pictures help in enhancing the quality of the article and make it more attractive and appealing to the readers.
The newspaper is primarily composed of three writing segments:-
News Writing - It is information about newsworthy events and ideas which affects a multitude of people frequently. It is wholly based on current information which must be accurate and factual. It is limitless and needs to be updated regularly.
Editorial Writing - It is that segment which predominantly contains and explains ideas and opinions about issues prevalent in the society. The opinions need to be packed with facts and substantial evidence to prevent the editorial from becoming increasingly moot. These are usually published on specific and dedicated pages called the 'editorial pages''. It usually comes on weekends. The page opposite the editorial page is called the 'op-ed' page and frequently contains many opinion pieces by different writers.
Column Writing - These appear as recurring pieces in regular publication. Writers express their own opinions in columns allocated to them by newspaper organizations. The significant difference between editorial and columns is that the latter appears daily in publications and is scheduled. Some types of columns are advice columns, critic's reviews (like movie reviews, book reviews, etc.), fashion columns, music columns, sports columns, etc.