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A column is a recurring piece or article in a newspaper, magazine or other publication, where a writer expresses their own opinion in few columns allotted to them by the newspaper organisation. Columns are written by columnists.
What differentiates a column from other forms of journalism is that it is a regular feature in a publication – written by the same writer or reporter and usually on the same subject area or theme each time – and that it typically, but not universally, contains the author's opinion or point of view. A column states an opinion. It is said to be like an open letter. A column also has a standard head, called a title, and a by-line (name) at the top.
Some types of newspaper columns are:
- Advice column
- Book review
- Cannabis column
- Community correspondent
- Critic's reviews
- Editorial opinion
- Fashion column
- Features column
- Food column
- Gossip column
- Humor column or causerie
- Music column
- Sports column
- Opinion column
The Pulitzer Prize for Commentary is often awarded for commentary appearing in a column.
- Causerie – Literary style of short informal essays
- Feuilleton – part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader; an article printed in a feuilleton
- "Writing Columns". extension.missouri.edu. Retrieved 2023-03-12.