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Reporter Terms

A list of reporter terms and definitions
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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