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Explaining what is in your newspaper

As with any business, we have a set of rules we follow and jargon that we speak. Then we expect everyone else to understand newspaperese without any explanation.

The following is a brief primer for our readers.

The departments of a newspaper are usually broken up into editorial, advertising and circulation.

Editorial is the newsroom. There are three main items that come out of this department: stories, columns and editorials. A story is an unbiased account of whatever the subject matter is. A column represents the writer’s opinions and not necessarily anyone else’s at the paper. An editorial is the opinion of the paper. That is why no name is ever attached to it. Newspapers throughout the world use this space as an opportunity to take a stand on an issue. No one person is always responsible for writing the editorials, however in the case of the Tribune’s editorials comments may be directed to Managing Editor Kathryn Reed.

The advertising department is the money making side of the paper. This is where businesses pay money for their product to be advertised in the paper. This is where if you can pay to get exactly what you want in the paper.

Circulation is responsible for getting you your paper every day.

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