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Journalism Terms used in IPA's Press Class

angle

how you approach a story

attribution

a statement that says where you got your information

banner

a large headline that extends across a page, used for very important information

beat

the regular area of news that a reporter covers

byline

writer's name

copy

the actual text of a story

cutline/caption

an explanation of a photo or other graphic

dateline

a dateline is written at the beginning of the stroy that gives the palce and date of the event, used most often for daily newspaper stories

deadline

the date or time that a story must be finished

edit

to make changes to a story to help clarity, may include cutting or adding information

editorial

a story that expresses an opinion

feature/soft news

a story that captures more of the human interest angle, it may not be as timely as hard or straight news

graphic

everything that isn't copy, including photos, graphs, drawings, line art

hard news/straight news

news that reports just the facts, it is usually timelier than feature news

headline

the title of a newspaper story or article

layout

the arrangement on a page of stories, articles, and artwork before it goes to print

libel

damaging someone's reputation by what you print

masthead

where all the important publication information about the newspaper is printed

nameplate/flag

the title of the newspaper in large letters on the front page

photojournalism

a form of journalism in which a photo, or series of photos, is used to tell the story; these are usually accomplished by detailed captions

proofing

the process of going through a story word for word, line by line, looking for mechanical errors

stylebook/style sheet

rules for a newspaper's system of grammar, punctuation, and usage, as well as requirements such as margin dimensions of which fonts are used

subhead

an explanation under the headline that further explains the story

text

the main body of printed or written matter on a page

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