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Journalism Vocab

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1. Video images shot specifically to be used over a reporter's words to illustrate the news event or story to cover up audio edits of quotes (to avoid the jerking head effect) or to cover up bad shots (out of focus poorly lighted etc.)

2. A person who talks to a reporter on the record for attribution in a news story

3. A line identifying the author of a story.

4. The main article on the front page of a newspaper or the cover story in a magazine

5. In libel law a reckless disregard for the truth such as when a reporter or an editor knows that a statement is false and prints or airs it anyway.

6. To cut or mask the unwanted portions usually of a photograph.

7. An ending that finishes a story with a climax surprise or punch line

8. To keep abreast of significant developments on a beat or to report on a specfic event.

9. Usually means 'don't quote me.'

10. Statutes under which an individual or a group can take action against another group or individual.

11. A typewritten page of copy following the first page.

12. Abbreviation for 'hold for release.' Material that cannot be used until it is released by the source or at a designated time.

13. A story that focuses on the human side of news and often appeals to the readers' emotion - a piece valued more for its emotional impact or oddity than for its importance.

14. Information that is not intended for publication

15. An article in which a writer or columnist gives an opinion on a topic

16. Continuation of a story from one page to another

17. A story intended to reveal the personality or character of an institution or person.

18. The name of the reporter

19. A feature story that focuses on the current fads directions tendencies and inclinations of society

20. The completed page drawing.

21. A smaller headline which comes between the headline and the story

22. Using the work of another person (both written words and intellectual property) and calling that work your own

23. The major story on top of page one.

24. Hidden slant of a press source which usually casts the client in a positive light

25. Opening paragraph of a story in which the 'who' is identified by occupation city office or any means other than by name.

26. Particular emphasis of a media presentation sometimes called a slant

27. Shaded areas of copy in a newspaper

28. The process of preparing page drawings to indicate where stories and pictures are to be placed in the newspaper.

29. Believability of a writer or publication

30. A fragment of information that may lead to a story.

31. A newspaper story beginning that uses humor or an interesting incident.

32. A secondary story intended to be run with a major story on the same topic.

33. A page of typewritten copy for newspaper use.

34. A writer's development of distinctive characteristics and idiosyncrasies of language use that make his or her writing as easily recognizable as the inflections tone and pronunciation of speech that make a person's vocalized speech pat terns distinc

35. Reporting that ignores or treats lightly negative news about friends of a reporter.

36. Headline across or near the top of all or most of a newspaper page. Also called a line ribbon streamer screamer

37. The organization of a news story in which information is arranged in descending order of importance.

38. The machine that prints a newspaper. Also a synonym for a journalist or journalism.

39. Legislation giving journalists the right to protect the identity of sources.

40. The caption that accompanies a newspaper or magazine photograph.

41. Determination of the truth of the material the reporter gathers or is given.

42. A story usually short that is humorous or pleasing to the reader.

43. Any overly obscure technical or bureaucratic words that would not be used in everyday language

44. A direct question designed to draw a specific response; for example 'Will you be a candidate?'

45. Stories clipped from your own or other newspapers.

46. People or records from which a reporter gets information.

47. Services that provide news from around the world to publications that subscribe for a fee (e.g. Associated Press Canadian Press Reuters and United Press International)

48. The opening paragraph of a story that reports two or more newsworthy elements.

49. Story that requires a great amount of research and hard work to come up with facts that might be hidden buried or obscured by people who have a vested interest in keeping those facts from being published

50. The first sentence or first few sentences of a story