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Journalistic Terms

Journalism Terms used in IPA's Press Class
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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