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Newspaper Vocabulary

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It is likely that in your English classes you will read excerpts of newspapers. Hopefully, your teacher will also be encouraging you to read newspapers outside of class! Here is some of the most common vocabulary related to the news. Match each word to its definition.

How often do you read newspapers? Do you have a favourite journalist? Do you like tabloids or broadsheets? Let us know!

Lesson by Caroline

Newspaper Words

  1. Advert - "There are too many adverts in this newspaper and not enough news."
  2. Journalist -"He wants to be a journalist. He's going to study journalism at university."
  3. Broadsheet - "I usually buy broadsheets because they have less celebrity gossip."
  4. Tabloid - "Today's tabloids are all full of that Hollywood actor's divorce."
  5. Interview - "There's an interesting interview with the President in today's paper."
  6. Headline - "I only had time to read the headlines. I'll read more later."
  7. Obituary - "There's a very touching obituary about her life on page 20."
  8. Exclusive - "Read this exclusive story. I'm surprised no other paper mentions it."
  9. Critic - "The critics were very hard on that new sci-fi film. They really hated it."

Now match the words to their definitions:

  • A. A person who finds stories to write in the papers.

  • B. The title at the top of an article.

  • C. Someone who writes articles conveying an opinion on something e.g. a restaurant, film.

  • D. A small article that honours someone who has recently passed away.

  • E. A story that no other newspapers have.

  • F. A message from a company that advertises their products.

  • G. A full sized newspaper - usually more serious and respected.

  • H. A smaller newspaper which usually focuses more on celebrities and sensationalist stories.

  • I. A printed discussion between a journalist and another person.