Writing a summary of a newspaper article requires knowing how the article was formatted and then gleaning the key information. You then need to make an outline clearly presenting the facts and citing the original source of the article.
- Understand the inverted pyramid
Most news articles follow an inverted pyramid structure where the most important information is presented right at the onset of the article. The further down you read, the information is more extraneous. To write a summary, you first need to understand the structure of the article and find out the key facts, known in journalism as the "5 Ws and 1 H". This stands for the who, what, when, where, why and how regarding the subject matter.
- Write your outline
Once you know what information you need to rewrite, determine the number of paragraphs needed. Write an outline and keep to two to three concise sentences and one key idea per paragraph. Make sure you leave out personal opinion and information from sources outside the original article.
- Cite your source
Always mention the article's source in your news summary. Cite the publication, the author and any other sources that the reporter has mentioned. Revise your article and proofread for flow of thought and grammatical or spelling errors.