Comprehensiveness and consistency in newspaper indexing depend on the effectiveness of subjectanalysis of the news items. What indexing skills are required in order to identify indexable concepts? This article describes practical aspects of conceptual analysis, crystalizes criteria and methods for the indexing of news stories, and eludicates reasons for providing multiple subject-entries for certain news items. It suggests rules for news analysis and speedy and accurate allocation of subject headings, and illustrates the technique of dealing with complex and diversified news headings reported at intervals. As the headlines do not always indicate the real subject of a news story, the identification of indexable concepts can become arduous and cumbersome. The article discusses the methods, skills and capability needed to tackle such problems.