How to Create a Front Page Story for a Newspaper


The front page of a daily news paper acts as the primary point of reference for subscribers and casual readers alike. The stories, articles and information depicted on the first page alerts readers to the content contained within the body of the newspaper. The reporters responsible for the front page content must develop an article that meets both the requirements of the paper's editorial staff and the expectations of the paying public. Generally, each written article begins with an outlined technique designed to promote continued readership while communicating a story or event.

  • Pick an assignment. Generally, the daily newspaper's front page contains articles the paper's editors consider the most important and most striking. Select an article with a strong resonance and appeal to the broad audience that may read or browse the first page of the publication. The majority of front page's articles contain current event-based information, ongoing investigations or articles involving updates of previous material remain appropriate for front page placement.

  • Contact key individuals for quotes and opinions. As a rule, a well-written front page article contains quotes about the time, place and specifics of an event. Quotes used in a newspaper article also lend credibility to the reporter's perspective. Seek out individuals with either a unique perspective or a perspective derived from direct experience with the event. Place these quotes periodically throughout the article to assist with the flow of the article. In addition, the use of properly placed quotes creates a useable timeline for the article.

  • Write an outline. Type an outline for the article by creating the main elements then adding supplementary information in bullet format. Organize the information presented in the article by idea and heading. For example, create a main idea then support that idea with a narrative that either explains, enforces or even contradicts the main idea. When creating the outline consider the article's space constraints. In addition develop a word count that will adequately tell the story while adhering to editorial guidelines.

  • Write a headline. Write a headline as though the paper's editors will choose the article to act as the lead story. Generally, front page headlines contain words or phrases designed to immediately capture and hold the readers' attention. Write the headline with active words relevant to the story while appealing to the emotion engendered by the event or main idea. For example, for sports-related articles, mix the language of the sport with details of the event.

  • Write the article. Combine the words, phrases and ideas created in the outline while adding the quotes to create the article. Write a strong lead that captures the emotion of the event by following the tone and response to an event from an objective perspective. Maintain a matter-of-fact approach and weight the important facts toward the top of the article.

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