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Debate article

A debate article is an argumentative text in a newspaper or magazine, where the purpose is to influence the reader’s thoughts around a particular topic. This roughly means that when you write a debate article, your task is to argue for a particular attitude and to a particular topic.
So: What is your position and why do you agree or disagree with the views that are otherwise related to the topic? You should pretend that you are writing the debate article for a proper newspaper.
A debate article is a form of article, but it has a deeper and more professional content. The chronicle explains a case in a more nuanced way, and it invites readers without prior knowledge to understand the message, to think about a case and to see it from several sides.
In the traditional article, the author is “invisible”. The text is written in a reasoning, factual normal style. In a debate article, however, the author may use tools such as irony, exaggeration and understatement, images and surprising word choices.


Case interview- Saksintervju

The journalist talks to a person involved in the case to get current information. The interviewee is one of several sources.

Portrait interview- Portrettintervju

The journalist's task is to present a broad composite image of the person being interviewed. She must get the person through her answers and remarks to give of herself.

News - Nyhet

A news item is something that has just happened, or something we have just learned about. The newspaper editorial offices are flooded every day with information about various incidents. The desk’s job is therefore to select what is to be presented as news online and on paper. In this work, they emphasize several news criteria.

Comment - kommentar

A comment expresses the journalist's or an outside expert's perceptions of a case, often based on complementary background knowledge.

Editorial board comment - Leder

Leader, an editorial unsigned comment which expresses the editorial board’s views on a current issue, and what the newspaper thinks about a matter of public interest.
Editorial articles have traditionally been unsigned, but are signed in some smaller newspapers, which makes them even clearer to the writer’s or editor’s personal statement. In larger newspapers, you usually have several editorial writers who take turns writing the daily editorial article.
The editorial can be written by the editor or others with editorial positions in a newspaper.


In a report, the journalist try to be outreach, i.e. that the journalist himself is on site, taking interviews and pictures. In this genre, it is common to mix in other genres as well such as interviews. The report often has several angles and can consist of several different issues on a current topic. Here it is allowed for the journalist to make his own mark on the text. 

The news report

The news report is an in-depth report that is linked to a current event.

Feature report

In the feature report, the journalist must describe the environment and people associated with an event or theme. This type of reportage is known to be one of the most literary genres in journalism, and here the journalist has the opportunity to put his personal stamp on the text. It is allowed to use subjective descriptions, personal experiences and personal descriptions, but even if the journalist can make his presence visible through smell, sight and hearing, everything must be fact-based.

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