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Newspaper Terminology

Headline
The headline is a series of short, flashy words that briefly state the most important event reported on the front page of the newspaper.  This should NOT be a complete sentence.  Do not overuse punctuation.  Avoid exclamation marks!  The first word and every noun, adjective, and verb to follow should be capitalized.
Examples:  
War Declared
Man Walks on Moon
JFK Assasinated

Feature Story
This is the main story located on the front page.  Included in this article are all the facts related to the event.  Often, people who have either experienced the event or have been in some way affected by it are quoted.  Sometimes, experts that have studied the event or similar events are also quoted or interviewed.
The writer of the feature story must remain "objective".  This means that the writer can not state his or her opinion regarding the subject of the article.  Feature articles answer the questions: who, what, where, when, how, and why.  Remember to start the article with a short, snappy topic sentence.

Editorial
The editorial is the written opinion of the editors and writers working for the newspaper.  Often, this piece of writing is directly related to the feature story on the front page.  The editor's opinion, however, must make sense and should be backed up by the facts discussed in the feature article.

Advertisement
Newspapers make money by selling space to advertisers.  Advertisers attempt to convince the readers to buy their products.  Often advertisements contain a combination of words and pictures to tempt the readers into buying goods, products, or services.