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Journalism Vocab

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1. Correspondent not a regular staff member who is paid by the story or by the number of words written.

2. 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.)

3. Copy which accompanies a photograph or graphiccopy which accompanies a photograph or graphic

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

5. Shaded areas of copy in a newspaper

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

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

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

9. Believability of a writer or publication

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

11. 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.

12. A page in a newspaper that is opposite the editorial page and contains columns articles letters for readers and other items expressing opinions

13. The name of the reporter

14. Any written material intended for publication including advertising - What reporters write. A story is a piece of copy.

15. The completed page drawing.

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

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

18. A story supplying further information about an item that has already been published.

19. The opening paragraph of a story in which the 'who' is reported by name.

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

21. A research technique in which the reporter joins in the activity he or she wants to write about.

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

23. 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

24. Short related story added to the end of a longer one

25. A position that is partial or slanted

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

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

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

29. Damage to a person's reputation caused by a false written statement that brings the person into hatred contempt or ridicule or injures his or her business or occupation.

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

31. A column of copy and/or graphics which appears on the page of a magazine or newspaper to communicate information about the story or contents of the paper

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

33. A line identifying the author of a story.

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

35. A collection filed according to date of newspaper clippings letters notes and other information to remind editors of stories to assign.

36. A completed television news story on tape which is edited before a news show goes on air and contains reporter's stand-ups narration over images and an out-cue for the anchor to start speaking at the end of the tape

37. Information that is not intended for publication

38. Continuation of a story from one page to another

39. An article expressing a newspaper or magazine owner's or editor's position on an issue

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

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

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

43. A worldwide news-gathering cooperative owned by its subscribers.

44. The individual responsible for the business operations of a newspaper.

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

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

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

48. A story including a number of related events.

49. Credit given to who said what or the source of facts

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