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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Leading Article


an introductory article of a newspaper or journal; it is written by an editor or, occasionally, by a contributor.

In the party and Soviet press, leading articles are an important means for propagandizing the CPSU’s policies in all spheres of public life. Leading articles in social and political periodicals interpret and comment on major current events and on the tasks of the domestic and foreign policy of the CPSU and the Soviet government; they also advocate innovations, criticize shortcomings, and point out practical solutions for current tasks of communist construction. The distinguishing trait of leading articles is their making of broad conclusions from individual facts. In specialized newspapers and journals, leading articles usually deal with vital issues concerning development and perfection of the national economy and culture.


Zhanry sovetskoi gazety. Moscow, 1972.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"I could understand anyone saying that the words were from a newspaper; but that you should name which, and add that it came from the leading article, is really one of the most remarkable things which I have ever known.
He read the leading article, and proceeded to give a full and kindly explanation of the hard words.
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It did not, in truth, differ very much from a leading article upon topics of general interest in the weekly newspapers.
Even in June there were leaders, letters, large headlines, leaded type; the Daily Chronicle devoting half its literary page to a charming drawing of the island capital which the new Pall Mall, in a leading article headed by a pun, advised the Government to blow to flinders.
"I understand he has got a very brilliant young fellow to edit it, who can write the highest style of leading article, quite equal to anything in the London papers.
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