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The Great Gatsby Newspapers: Newspaper Resources


Letters to the Editor

Typically written in response to an editorial.

1. Contain well-reasoned arguments.

2. Not vulgar or libelous.

3. Signed by the writer.

Political Cartoons

Political cartoons make a powerful statement usually without containing a single word.

1. Come form the imagination of the artist.

2. Clever and artistic.


Ads are purchased to generate funds for a newspaper, create exposure for a business, and to inform readers of a product or service.

Make sure these are timely. Example: You won't want an advertisement about an iPad because they didn't exist during WWII.

Setting Up & Sharing Publisher Document

1. Login to your student email account (link below).

2. Choose Documents.

3. Choose Create New...then choose From Template.

4. From the template page type newspaper into the template search box.

5. Scroll until you find a template you would like to work with, then open it.

6. You now need to share the document with your classmates.

7. Choose Share in the upper right hand corner. In the box that opens type in the email addresses of your group members. Now everyone will be able to add and edit the document.

(Reminder: Blue Valley student email is


News Stories

News Story - Urgent, timely stories about events or conflicts; have strong effect on readers.

1. A strong lead paragraph should contain information most vital to the reader. It can include the answers to: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?  Choose the most important of these questions and use them in the opening paragraph, but don't answer all of these in the lead paragraph.

2. Early Body Paragraphs: Put the most important details early in the story.

3. Later Body Paragraphs: Put less important details toward the end of the story.

4. Closing Paragraph: Includes the least important information.

Feature Stories

Feature stories are interesting, well researched, and professional. They can be news-driven, or human-interest focused.

1. Lead paragraph has a strong hook or attention-getter, but doesn't have to have all of the factual information early.

2. Define your subject/topic early.

3. Tell your story using facts, narrative and quotes.



Editorials are a writer's opinion on a topic. Editorials argue or discuss important issues of the day. They play a role in stimulating debate and/or discussion on a topic.

 You can take a topic and break it down, criticize or persuade in a professional manner, or use humor to make a point.

Tip 1: Use documented, credible information.

Tip 2: Develop story similar to news story.

Tip 3: Choose an interesting topic.

Tip 4: Don't use big words and write with a professional tone.

Tip 5: Be subjective (include your opinion) but get your facts straight.

Tip 6: Do not use 1st person pronouns!!

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Works Cited

Reque, John. Introduction to journalism . Evanston, Ill.: McDougal Littell, 2001. Print.