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Media Writing Vocab

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1. The top news executive in a television newsroom - responsible for news content - budget decision - hiring and firing staff - etc.

2. A feature story that uses interviews and observations to paint a picture of someone newsworthy

3. Presenting information using more than one medium - combining text - graphics - audio and video

4. The focus - emphasis - or 'slant' of a story; a distinctive way of viewing and writing about a topic

5. Publishing or broadcasting a false statement that maliciously or carelessly damages someone's reputation

6. A newspaper that prints a new edition every day

7. Newsroom slang for the crime reporters that summarizes facts about local arrests

8. A web site where ordinary users can write and edit content collaboratively

9. A format that lets web users subscribe to feeds from blogs or web sites

10. An early version of a story

11. Information sent out by a group of individual seeking publicity

12. The word journalists use to refer to a published article

13. The placement of art and text on a page

14. The story deserving the biggest headline and best display on page one - or at the start of a newscast

15. unfairly favoring one side over another when writing a story

16. The use of quotes to re-create a conversation between two or more people

17. Short for obituary - a story about someone who has died

18. The right of journalists to print their opinion on the performance of public figures or entertainers

19. A news library - where published stories and photos are stored for reference

20. Stories that are lighter and less urgent than serious breaking news events

21. An attention-getting lead

22. The section of a sports arena or stadium reserved for reporters covering the event

23. A longer analysis piece that attempts to put a complex issue into perspective

24. A staffer who works with reporters - editors - photographers and designers to plan and create special treatment for stories

25. The closing line where reporters say their name and station call letters

26. A proofreading comment that means 'leave it - ignore any editing notations'

27. A device that projects a news script in front of the camera lens for an anchor to read

28. The first words of a cut or wrap

29. A recounting of an entertaining or informative incident within a story

30. A word or name that's stylized in a graphic way

31. The written phrase that identifies the source of a fact - opinion or quote in a story

32. Reporters - anchors - disc jockeys - those paid to appear on the air

33. A write whose commentary is sold and distributed by a news organization for reprinting in other publications

34. Designation by an editor for a reporter or photographer to cover an event

35. A block of information - including staff names and publication data - often printed on the editorial page

36. The interconnected community of blogs and bloggers who post comments and link to each other's blogs

37. A way to measure the depth of a story

38. Large type running above or beside a story to summarize its content

39. Journalism that focuses tightly on local community activities

40. Use online sites such as facebook and myspace to build relationships with colleagues and sources

41. An entry on a blog

42. A special label for any regularly appearing section - page - or story

43. The term used for counting the number of visitors to a web page

44. A person who assigns - approves - or corrects stories for publication or broadcast

45. A writer's unique blend of syntax - vocabulary and perspective that gives his or her writing its characteristic personality

46. The top-ranking executive of a newspaper - who oversees all departments

47. The space running vertically between two columns

48. Records or people providing journalists with information

49. Statutes that give journalists the right to protect the identity of sources when questioned during judicial proceedings

50. A phrase inserted into a story that advises copy editors that the information has been checked