Making a newspaper is a good way to keep people informed and connected. You can make a newspaper for your classroom, entire school, club or even your extended family. You do not need a desktop publishing program to make a great-looking newspaper either. In fact, you can make a quality newspaper with a professional appearance using Microsoft Word and your computer printer. The only things you need to dig up are stories and pictures.
Things You’ll Need:
- Microsoft Word, versions 2000-2007
Open a blank Word document. Go into the document’s header. To do this in Word 2007, go to the “Insert” menu and click “Header” in the “Header & Footer” group. In Word 2003 or earlier, go to the “View” menu and click on “Header and Footer.”
- Click the “Center” button in the “Paragraph” group of the Home tab in Word 2007 or on the Formatting toolbar in Word 2003 or earlier. Select a font and font size for the title of the newspaper. Type in the title, as well as the date or issue number of the publication.
- Click outside of the header. Draw a thick, straight line directly below the page header. In Word 2007, click on the “Insert” tab and click the “Shapes” drop-down arrow. In Word 2003 or earlier, go to the “Insert” menu, point to “Picture” and click on “AutoShapes.” Click on the straight-line shape and draw it below the header. Right-click the line, select “Properties” and choose a thicker size if desired.
- Click the “Page Layout” tab if you are using Word 2007, and click the “Columns” drop-down arrow. In Word 2003 or earlier, click the “Columns” button, which is on the Standard toolbar. Select the number of columns you want on each page of the newspaper.
- Type up your newspaper columns. If desired, insert graphics by going to the “Insert” tab in Word 2007 or the “Insert” menu in Word 2003 or earlier. Select the type of graphic you want to use and insert it on the page.