Newspaper Style

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A newspaper headline is often the only thing that readers read in a newspaper, or at least, it is the first thing that everyone notices in a newspaper. It serves as a indicator for the reader that helps decide whether to continue on reading the whole text or to skip it onto another one. Each headline should be a summary of the news which follows. A headline should be a regular sentence structure containing a subject and a verb. It means that only lexical, not grammatical words are used. The major reason for that is the space. Then the rule of a sentence may be broken, only minor sentences are used, and such a headline can be rather difficult to understand. This happens on purpose to make the headline somehow special with the
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• elliptical sentences ("Still in Danger")
• complex sentences ("Astronauts take a walk on the dark side to repair International Space Station") * direct speech (Beckham: “Harry is right for England”)
Newspaper headlines often follow rather different grammatical rules from other kinds of writing. 1. Articles and the verb “to be” in various functions are often left out. * LAS VEGAS A POTENTIAL MODEL FOR CRIMEA * MISSING TEENAGER FOUND UNHARMED * EVERY WORKER A UNION MEMBER 2. Newspapers have a special tense-system. It is unusual to find complex forms like “is coming” or “has produced”; is used, whether the headline is about something that has happened, something that is happening, or something that happens repeatedly. * AFGHANS BEGIN MEETING ON CONSTITUTION * ACTRESS IRENE HANDL DIES AGED 85
Sometimes the Present Continuous is used (usually to denote something that is changing or developing), but the auxiliary verb is usually left out. * MAYOR ELECTION SPENDING SOARS * SOUTH AFRICA RUNNING DRY * OUTBREAK OF FOOG POISONING HITS KYIV
To refer to the future, headlines often use the infinitive. * DENMARK TO VOTE * GIULIANI TO CONSULT KLITCHKO * LARA FABIAN TO SING STYLISH EUROPEAN POP IN KYIV
3. Passive sentences are constructed with no auxiliary verb, just the past participle.

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