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20th September 1853

Today, I would like you to use what you have learned this week to write a newspaper report about the opening of Titus Salt’s mill. I have attached an extract below detailing facts about the opening.


Newspapers reports should give details about who, what, where, when, why and how. Imagine if you attended this event, what would you have seen? What would have happened?

When you are writing your own newspaper article:

  • Make your headline short and snappy.
  • In the first sentence sum up what the story is about.
  • Write your report in the third person and the past tense.
  • Split your newspaper report up into paragraphs to help the reader clearly understand the information.
  • If you use quotes to make your report more interesting, don't forget to use speech marks!
  • Use a photo with a caption to give the reader more information.
  • Fill your newspaper report with both facts and opinions. Facts give the reader all of the information they need by using the 5 Ws.

For more information about how to write a newspaper report follow this link.

You may use your descriptive paragraph that you wrote yesterday in your newspaper but make sure that you refine it so that it matches with the newspaper report style of writing. You could use quotes to make it fit or edit it so that the reporter is stating what he has seen.

Here is an example of what you could write for each paragraph.

1st paragraph- Brief description of the event. Who? When? What?

2nd paragraph- Details of the events.

3rd paragraph- Quotes. What did people think? How did people feel about the event?

4th paragraph- Focus on Titus Salt. What did he have to say?

5th paragraph- An overview of the events and how the mill will improve and work.  


I have attached the writing checklists below to help you to remember what to include. 

Mrs Corcoran