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A newspaper column by Don Marquis
A newspaper column by Don Marquis

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.

Types

Some types of newspaper columns are:

Awards

The Pulitzer Prize for Commentary is often awarded for commentary appearing in a column.

See also

References