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A list of reporter terms and definitions

Angle

the focus or approach of a story

Beat

reporter's assigned area of responsibility

Circulation

department responsible for distribution or the number of readers of a paper

Copy

what reporters write

Deadline

time by which a story is submitted

Developing Story

a news event that occurs over a period of time

Editorialize

to inject the reporters opinion into a news story :(

Graf

the first paragraph of a news story

Info Graphic

visual representation of data

Libel

written defamation of character

Slander

spoken defamation of character

Morgue

newspaper records where published stories and photographs are kept

Off The Record

Don't use as a source

Plagiarism

using other people's words or passing someone else's work off as your own (Jason Blair)

Records

part of the paper that contains births, deaths, legal transactions, and the police blotter

Side Bar

story which runs next to the main story on the same topic

Masthead

the newspapers nameplate that tells the official name of paper

Ears

Short messages printed on the side of each masthead

Edition

newspaper

Banner/Streamer

headline that runs the entire width of front page

Cut

any kind of illustration

Cut Lines

captions underneath cuts

Top Story

story in most prominent position on page one

Deck

a smaller headline that appears directly beneath the main headline

By-Line

who wrote the story

Dateline

where the story is reported from

Wire Service Initials

AP, UPI, etc.

Lead

first paragraph that tells the 5 w's and how

Summary Lead

the first sentence or two which provides readers with 5 w's

Body

everything that happens after lead

Subhead

small headline within the body of a news story

Jumpline

shows where story continues

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