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Forms of presentation of newspaper content

Fact-based forms

  • Message: The message provides at least an answer to the first four W-questions (Who? What? Where? And When? If possible also How? And Why?). The shortest form of the message is the message. The longer form is the report.
  • Reportage: This is where the feeling of being part of the experience is conveyed, e.g. with sports or social reports. There is a connection between information and entertainment. If the author is an eyewitness, it is referred to as an inside story. Originality is important in the report.
  • Report: A complex problem topic is presented in all aspects. The report is the form of a presentation with the greatest scope.
  • Interview: The interview provides information about opinions. Interview means asking for answers.
  • Documentation: It is mostly a historical or contemporary factual presentation.
  • Feature: A feature is a documentary report which, more than the report, translates abstract into everyday experience.

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Opinion-oriented forms

  • Comment: An event is assessed subjectively. Special forms of comment are editorials, analysis, columns and glosses.
  • The leading article, usually on the first page of the newspaper, briefly conveys the newspaper’s authoritative view of current problems.
  • The analysis contains longer interpretive explanations of events. As a larger text unit, e.g. news magazine story, it conveys a tendency to what is happening.
  • The column is a recurring newspaper column that is mostly designed by the same author and reflects his opinion.
  • The gloss is a short pointed discussion of an event or condition. It can be explanatory, interpretive, mocking.
  • Review: reporting elements are linked to personal impressions.
  • Criticism: Objective information is linked to a subjective evaluation.
  • Portrait: Presentation of a person, often as an obituary.
  • Essay: In the newspaper, an essay is usually a politically or culturally judgmental essay. A scientific topic can also be explained in a concise, clear form.

Fantasy-oriented form

  • Features: A feature section is a polished, pointed, also aphoristic condensed, possibly also poetic form of a newspaper article. The use of rhetorical figures and linguistic images is typical of the feature section style. Features is often also a section within the newspaper that mainly contains cultural reports.
  • Comic: sequences of images, especially with adventurous, humorous or utopian content with short texts mostly in speech bubbles.
  • Caricature: an illustration in which characteristic features are exaggerated as mockery or ironic criticism.
  • Newspaper novels and short stories.

It is no secret that reading the newspaper promotes general education; after all, you can find the latest information on politics, science and business in it every day.