Could you provide some guidance on the following situations one finds when recording of pages and columns of a newspaper? The first question, below, is by far the most important.
1) Some newspapers seem to split or merge their regular number of page-columns in the course of a page.
causes me confusion when trying to cite an article, because column number depends upon where it occurs on the page. Is there a standard way to handle this?
2) When recording page and column numbers; does one record them based on column in which the related title/heading occurs or based upon where the relevant item of text occurs. (As an example; it's not uncommon to have a title like, "Student Exam Results", occur in one column, but the actual person is mentioned in another column and possibly even on another page. Perhaps one identifies the start of the item and adds something to the citation to focus on the person-of-interest?
3) When an item of text spans columns, should we just record the page and column on which the item starts or should be record them for both the start and end of the item?