Writing a newspaper report

Home learning focus

Learn how to write a newspaper report.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos

  • three activities

Learn

Newspapers are designed to share important information with people about what is going on in the world.

Familiarise yourself with newspaper reports by watching this fun video.

Learn all about what's included in a newspaper report.

The key features of a newspaper report

  • Newspaper name

Write the name of the newspaper at the top of the page.

  • Headline

A headline is an eye-catching title for your story, which summarises the information in just a few words. You should make it eye catching, for exampe by using alliteration.

  • Short subtitle

The subtitle is a short title that gives more information about the report.

  • Clear paragraphs

Each paragraph should give more detail about the story and be presented in a clear way.

  • Pictures

Write a caption beneath your picture to explain what it shows.

  • Conclusion paragraph

Use your conclusion to explain what might happen next.

Can you identify the key features of a newspaper report in the activity and move the labels into the correct position?

Writing style in newspaper articles

  • 5Ws

The first paragraph should contain all of the 5Ws – what, where, when, who and why.

  • Direct and indirect/reported speech

Add the important points about what people have said about the story.

  • Facts

Use facts or statistics to support your points, and avoid using your own opinion.

  • Formal language

Avoid chatty, friendly language in your report as it should be written to inform.

  • Third person

Write in the third person using the names of those involved and pronouns such as ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘they’.

  • Past tense

Write the main part of the report in the past, as the event has already happened!

Watch this video to learn more about the key features of a newspaper report. Make notes if you find them helpful!

All the top tips you need to turn your story into a newspaper article!

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Share your knowledge of how newspaper reports are written by completing this quiz.

Activity 2

Watch this Newsround video about the incredible fundraising efforts of 100 year old Captain Tom Moore.

OR

Take a look at these Newsround ‘strange news’ videos.

Time to write

Write a well-structured, informative newspaper report about the news story of your choice.

Top tip!

Use this planning sheet and example report to help with writing your own newspaper article.

Newspaper report planning worksheet

Super challenge

In your closing paragraph, can you include a rhetorical question? For example:

Whilst we all feel inspired by Captain Tom, we here at the Daily Bugle are sure you want to make difference too?

Activity 3

Use this fun dice activity to come up with your very own made up newspaper report.

Newspaper writing report sheet

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt to write a newspaper report.

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