Although we no longer buy newspapers as much as we used to before the era of the Internet, we still read the news on our phones, laptops, etc. Here are some typical English newspaper expressions you should know:

Cover story

Meaning: the prominent article in the newspaper with the picture related to it on the front page.
Ex: Cover story of this week magazine is the birth of a famous footballer’s baby.

The latest news

Meaning: the most recent news.
Ex: Have you heard the latest news about the aeroplane crash?

Newspaper expressions
Newspaper expressions

Tabloid newspapers

Meaning: refers to a newspaper dealing with sensational stories, gossip, crime stories…
Ex: The show up of a pop star with his new girlfriend provoked tabloid gossip.

A story break

Meaning: very important news.
Ex: The famous millionaire was abroad when the story about his wife’s suicide broke.

Hit/make the headlines

Meaning: be on the front pages of many newspapers and magazines.
Ex: The news about the earthquake hit the headlines.

Newspaper expressions
Newspaper expressions

Hot off the press

: newly published and therefore involves the latest news.
Ex: This morning, hot off the press, the newspaper reported the meeting of two presidents.

A general outcry

Meaning: people’s disapproval of something.
Ex: A last night’s terrorist attack raised a general outcry.

Hold the front page!

Meaning: an ironic expression used to attract attention to outstanding news.
Ex: Madonna adopted another baby. Hold the front page!

Newspaper expressions
Newspaper expressions

Run a story

Meaning: publish an article.
Ex: The Sun ran a story about the Royal wedding.

Flick through the newspaper

Meaning: look quickly through the newspaper.
Ex: He just flicked through the newspaper while he was waiting for the train.

And finally, don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers. Unfortunately, many newspapers and magazines today are full of sensationalism, a strategy used to produce feelings of shock and excitement to attract more readers.

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Ferdinando Soares · 12 Aug 2020 at 7:03 am

Thank you.
These words I always see in the newspaper and I don’t know what is the meaning…
Now, I have understood them

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