When writing a news report for a newspaper, or your school News Board, the headline is the first and foremost impression you make on your reader. Therefore, writing a headline is a critical and creative art.
Most of the people read only the headlines while reading a newspaper, to get the gist of the news.
- Headlines often contain a noun phrase with no verb.
- Head lines may have noun strings (several nouns put together).
- Various changes are made in the headlines.
- The simple tense form is used instead of the continuous or perfect form.
- The infinite form refers to the future.
- The auxiliary verb is dropped in the passive form.
- Articles are dropped; full-stops are not placed after headlines.
- Head lines may contain initials and abbreviations.
e.g: Prime Minster’s advice
e.g: Man snatches woman’s chain
e.g: Andhra Pradesh State Board Examination Results Declared.
e.g: Hyderabad celebrates kite festival
e.g: Chief Minister to inaugurate Craft Bazars
e.g: Passengers injured seriously in Nellore train accident
e.g: India to host SAARC meet in U.P
- Now write a headline for each of the following news reports.
Remember to pick out only the main idea or words from the sentence.
Hyderabad: with an alarming rise in cases of missing people, especially women and children, since 2009, the Andhra Pradesh Police have stepped up measures to trace them in co-ordination with various agencies and police forces.
The full moon that rises on this Friday night, August 31,2012, will be a Blue Moon. That’s what it has been dubbed as in modern folklore of the west. But will it actually be blue?
“ If you look at the last three months, I am really practising well. I am looking forward to playing my first game after a year.
Next time your cell phone runs out of battery, you can charge it by just holding it in your hands as the scientist claims to have developed a new technology that turns body heat into electricity.
- Look at the picture where students are serving in old age home.
- Do old people go to old age homes on their own or are they forced to go there?
- What are the conditions which make people leave their own homes and go to an old age home?
- In what way are the conditions at an old age home different from those at home?
- Are there any ways to prevent the old people from going to old age homes?
- Now write an article based on the following hints.
- What are old age homes?
- Why do old people go there?
- Facilities at the old age homes
- Compare facilities at home and old age homes