Sections and Parts of a School Paper

Sections and Parts of a School Paper

The following are the sections and parts of a school paper.

News Section

The news section of a school paper is usually found at the front page, at the inside pages, and at the back page.

  1. Front News Page. The front news page has the following essential parts:
  2. Bank, Deck, or Readout. The subordinate headline below its mother headline.
  3. Banner or Streamer. The mother headline with the biggest and the boldest type that runs across the page. It is also called skyline or umbrella if located above the nameplate.
  4. Box. Any article or material enclosed by a special borderline.
  5. Byline. The name of the journalist at the top or at the bottom of the news story.
  6. Columns. The vertical divisions of a printed material.
  7. Column Rules. The vertical lines or spaces used to separate columns. The spaces between columns are called gutters or sunken rules.
  8. Credit line. The line of type crediting the source of an artwork, an illustration, or a photograph.
  9. Cut or Cliché. An artwork, an illustration, or a photograph.
  10. Cutline or Caption. The text accompanying an artwork, an illustration, or a photograph. It is also called an overline, if written above an artwork, an illustration, or a photograph.
  11. Dateline. The line preceding an out-of-town story that gives the place from which the story was sent.
  12. Ears. Spaces at the left or at the right of the nameplate. They usually contain maxims, news stories, or advertisements.
  13. Fold. The imaginary horizontal line or point that divides a school paper into two equal parts.
  14. Head or Headline. The title or show window of any news story.
  15. Lead. The beginning of a news story. It may be a word, a phrase, a clause, a sentence, or a paragraph.
  16. Nameplate. The printed name of a school paper at the top of the front news page. It may also appear in reduced sizes on the sports page and the editorial page.
  17. News Story. The whole story of an event composed of the lead and other details.
  18. Teaser, Kicker, or Tagline. One line of several words placed above but smaller than a headline. It is also called the hammer, if it is bigger than the headline.
  19. Back and Inside News Pages. The back and inside news pages have the following essential parts in addition with the parts in the front news page.
  20. Folio. The page number at the top of each page of a school paper, except the first, along the side of the running head.
  21. Running Head. The line of type at the top of all school paper pages, except the first, giving the name of a school paper and the date of issue.

Editorial Section

  1. Cartoon. A caricature emphasizing a simple point. Usually humorous, it may or may not complement the editorial.
  2. Column. The timely and regular presentation of a personal opinion that may attack, appeal, inform, or instruct.
  3. Editorial. The commentary usually written to give and to interpret the opinion of the editorial staff to a certain topic or issue.
  4. Flag or Masthead. The editorial box containing the logo, names and positions of the editorial staff, and other information about a school paper. It may also the section page nameplate.
  5. Folio. The page number at the top of each page of a school paper, except the first, along the side of the running head.
  6. Letter to the Editor. The unsolicited letter sent by a reader giving his personal views regarding a topic or an issue.
  7. Running Head. The line of type at the top of all school paper pages, except the first, giving the name of a school paper and the date of issue.

Sports Section

Sports news stories are classified as news stories. Therefore, what may be found in the news section may also be found in the sports section. The other parts that may be found in the sports sections are columns and features.

  1. Sports Column. The article containing miscellaneous sports information usually written in an informal easy-to-read style.
  2. Sports Feature. The article containing the personality sketch of a coach or an athlete, his hobbies, superstitions, and experiences off the athletic field or it may deal with events in the gymnasium.

Features Section

The features section of a school paper contains cuts, folios, bylines, cutlines, columns, column rules, running heads, and feature stories, which were written to inform and to entertain readers.

Literary Section

The literary section of a school paper contains articles in prose and poetry written by budding creative writers.

Entertainment Section

The entertainment section of a school paper may contain jokes, games, puzzles, comic strips, among others.

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leslie ann capian, posted this comment on Jun 4th, 2011

those information help me review about school papers

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