Newspaper stories are written by people who know the facts (reporters) for people who don’t (readers).

Reporters’ names, or bylines, are usually placed at the beginning of a story.

Can you find a byline? Write it here.

Photos that help tell the stories are taken by photographers.

Can you find a photo credit next to a photo in your newspaper?

Ads are created by people who know how to write them to attract customers.

What item being advertised would you like to buy?


Stories about certain subjects are often grouped together in sections.

How many sections does your paper have?


Newspapers have aids to guide you through the pages.

Put a check in the block when you:

• Find the index on Page 1.

• Find a “jump” that tells you where a story is continued.

• At the top of each page, find a “folio line” that gives the name of the paper and the date.

• Newspapers often use maps to help show locations. Can you find a map in your newspaper?

• Find a headline that makes you want to read the story.

Letters to the editor

Papers often give readers a chance to express their ideas in the letters-to-the-editor section. What would you write a letter about?


Fiction is not true. It usually has a plot, characters, settings, conflict, resolution and a theme.

You start at the beginning and read to the end.


Nonfiction is true and factual. Photographs, maps and other items that aid in the telling are usually included in a newspaper story. You can skim as you read. While skimming, you discover new subjects you may want to learn more about.

Tale-telling stories

We can use a pyramid to show how tale-telling stories are different, with the beginning at the top.

Newspaper stories

Rather than trying to build up suspense, newspaper stories put the important facts first.

Finding Information