Newspaper Template 1

Activity: Write a brief newspaper article for the Portsmouth Gazette or Mottley’s
Naval and Military Journal about the choice of Port Jackson for the convict
settlement. Save a copy to your desktop, type over the sections in the template
below, then delete these instructions. If you are working on paper, use the
template as a guide.
Name of your newspaper
Date of issue
MAIN
STORY
HEADLINE
Your main photo should grab the
reader’s attention. Copy and paste
a photo from a website.
Name of writer
Newspapers usually lead with a dramatic and
attention-grabbing headline and story so as to
entice people to buy the paper.
Write a caption for your photo.
Your story will be about 150-200 words.
More stories:
In newspapers, paragraphs and sentences are
short. Often the paragraphs are only one or two
sentences.
Story 1 headline…………page xx
‘Choose a sentence from your story to
highlight an important point. Write the
sentence in single quotation marks.’
Story 3 headline…………page xx
Continue your main story.
Story 2 headline…………page xx
In other news …
Headline 1.………………page xx
Headline 2……………….page xx
Headline 3………….……page xx
(choose headlines appropriate to
the topic)