How We Read Newspapers
There are many
different ways people read newspapers, ranging from very quick to very
Reading experts agree
that most people read the headlines of a newspaper carefully. This allows
them to decide if they wish to read the lead article. Headlines inform readers
what the topic is and what has occurred. Many readers read a headline more
than once to completely understand it.
"skim" an article quickly for the main idea of the
If readers desire more
information, they read the article carefully. Sometimes,
readers may "scan" the article for specific information, such as
a name, a date, or a location.
Readers then check
other sections of the newspaper for information that assists or
informs them in their daily activities. These may include the weather
forecast, sports reports, the stock market reports, and the
Readers skim and scan
the local ads for sales in local stores. If they are
looking for a job, or buying a house or a used car, they skim and scan the
classified section for information.