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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.
A reporter's assigned area of responsibility. It may be an institution, a geographical area or a subject, such as science.
Statutes under which an individual or a group can take action against another group or individual.
A direct question designed to draw a specific response; for example, "Will you be a candidate?"
Opening paragraph of a story in which the "who" is identified by occupation, city office or any means other than by name.
A collection, filed according to date, of newspaper clippings, letters, notes, and other information to remind editors of stories to assign.
Coverage of the actions of government or business; or the reporting of an event, such as a crime, an accident or a speech.
A piece valued more for its emotional impact or oddity than for its importance.
The opening paragraph of a story in which the "who" is reported by name.
The organization of a news story in which information is arranged in descending order of importance.
The process of preparing page drawings to indicate where stories and pictures are to be placed in the newspaper.
The first paragraph or first several paragraphs of a newspaper story. 2) The story given the best display on page one.
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.
The opening paragraph of a story that reports two or more newsworthy elements.
The page opposite the editorial page, frequently reserved for columns, letters to the editor and personality profiles.
A paraphrase digests, condenses, and clarifies a quotation to convey the meaning more precisely than the way the speaker expressed it.
A research technique in which the reporter joins in the activity he or she wants to write about.
A piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work
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