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Types of Newspaper Stories
A factual story is a report based strictly on facts. This type of story is the most common, telling only what actually took place, for instance at a meeting of city council, or how an accident occurred and what resulted. In this type of story a reporter fulfils his/her prime duty – writing only what is seen and heard, without injecting personal opinion or judgement. The 5 Ws and H are strictly adhered to.
This is material prepared with the objective of inducing the reader to support or endorse a specific project or product. To illustrate, it could be an article urging the purchase of government bonds, buying apples to aid the boy scout movement or donating money to the United Way. Most often this type of material will be published in supplements devoted to a particular topic. For example, in the spring, many newspapers provide wedding supplements. The package is usually put together by the advertising department with the stories provided by the advertisers and/or special contributors.
This story, also known as in-depth reporting, explains the significance of some current event, its historical background, how it compares with a similar situation in another locality, and possible how it may affect the future. An example would be a review of the situation in Kosovo since its beginning, the current situation and possible developments.
Feature articles are most often found in special sections and on section fronts. A feature article will be one which has been the subject of a considerable amount of research, interviews and analysis. It will attempt to present an overview of the subject matter, for example, how to purchase a new auto, give examples of what steps should and should not be taken and offer expert advice. Feature stories are usually longer than hard news stories and thus are usually found away from the general news pages.