Newspaper conventions

These are the main conventions in both print and online newspapers:

Print

An infographic explaining the features of a print newspaper front page

The main conventions of print newspapers

  • Mast-head: The title of the newspaper
  • Splash: The lead story
  • Standfirst: An introductory paragraph in an article, printed in larger or bolder type or in capitals, which summarises the article
  • Off lead: Second most important story
  • Byline: A line naming the writer of an article

Online

An infographic explaining the features of an online newspaper

The main conventions of online newspapers

  • Standfirst: An introductory paragraph in an article, printed in larger or bolder type or in capitals, which summarises the article
  • Pull quote: A key phrase or quotation taken from the main article
  • Sidebar: a short article placed alongside a main article with extra information.