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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.
Some types of newspaper columns are:
- Advice column
- Book review
- Community correspondent
- Critic's reviews
- Editorial opinion
- Exchange column
- Fashion column
- Features column
- Food column
- Gossip column
- Humor column or causerie
- Music column
- Sports column
- Tensei Jingo, a short column concerning recent news items
The Pulitzer Prize for Commentary is often awarded for commentary appearing in a column.
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