Advert – content in a newspaper which is paid for
Advertorial – content in a newspaper paid for by an advertiser that looks similar to the newspaper’s style.
Angle – The theme of a news story, some new fact the story hangs on. e.g. The angle of the pollution story is that if factories close Hong Kong will lose money.
Assignment – the story given to a reporter
Attribution – identifying the source of information in the story. 'Hong Kong is great,' said Joe Smith from Iowa, USA.
Backstory – the story behind the news
Banner – a headline which extends right across the page
Beat – the section of news a reporter covers, e.g. crime
Bias – when a story is worded in such a way as to cause the reader to have an opinion.
Breaking news – a story that is happening right now. The initial coverage of the story. e.g. Tomorrow we will break the story that Hong Kong is sinking.
Broadsheet – A big sized newspaper, like the main paper of the South China Morning Post
Budget – everything that goes into one edition, copy, artwork and photos
Byline – the reporter’s name on the story
Caption – the text under a photograph that tells about the picture.
Circulation – the the number of newspapers printed and distributed each day.
Colour – the text in a story which tells about the people or places involved.
Column – text on a news page is printed in columns, narrow arrangements which are read from top to bottom. e.g. Young Post pages usually have five columns
Columnist – someone who writes regularly for a publication, usually giving opnion
Confidential source – a source which is known to the reporter and editor but is not named in the story. The source’s identity will never be revealed, even in court.
Copy – the text of a story. eg Your copy is short = You didn’t write a long enough story.
Copy editor – a sub editor in America.
Copyright – the rights to publish information.
Correspondent – a reporter who works in another country for this newspaper
Cover – to get the facts and information regarding a story. e.g. Zoe will cover the dance competition on Sunday.
Crop – to cut out the unwanted bits in a photograph. News photos need to be carefully cropped to give a factual representation of the action.
Dateline – the line at the beginning of a story that tells you where it was written.
Deadline – the latest possible time something can happen. Usually it means the time by which copy must be submitted.
Deck – a line of headline.
Desk – A group of reporters and editors that deal with a certain section of the newspaper. e.g. Metro desk deals with the stories for the City section.
Display – the big advertisements and the department that sells them.
Dummy – a copy of a page before it is printed, that is checked by the chief sub editor or editor.
Ears – the spaces on the sides of the masthead
Edition – one printing of the newspaper e.g. second edition is more updated than first edition
Editor – a person in charge of a particular section
Editorial – a column written by the editor which gives opinion about the news.
Em – a printing measurement which is a square of the letter M in 12 point.
En – half an Em
Exclusive – a story no other paper has
Expose – a story that reveals something shocking.
Face – the style of letters used to print the words.
Feature – a story which is not news, usually longer than a news story, that may give background or provide entertainment.
Folio – the newspaper’s name and the date which appears at the top of each page.
Follow-up – a story which comes after a breaking story with more details and colour, or one that returns to a story to find out the progress of the issue
Four-colour – most presses print in four colours, but some print in six.
Graphic – a diagram or other artwork produced by graphic artists
Gutter – the space between columns of text, sometimes on opposing pages. e.g. a picture on a double page must run through the gutter.
Hard News – the news story containing only facts.
Headline – the big text at the top of the article
Hole – a problem of missing information or unanswered questions in the story.
Human Interest – a story about people, usually about their struggles and triumphs.
Inserts – advertising material that is not part of the main paper. It is printed separately, usually on different paper.
Illo – short for illustration, a drawn or painted picture that goes with a story Interview – when a reporter asks someone questions
Invasion of Privacy – when a reporter and newspaper reveal things about someone which should not be made public.
Inverted Pyramid – the shape of a news story, with the shortest, newest information at the top, with more detail and background coming in further down.
Jump – when a story goes from one page to another
Jumpline – the line that tells you which page you’ll find the rest of the story. e.g. (continued on page 5) or (continued from page 1)
Lede/lead – the first line of a story. It should be no more than 30 words long and capture the reader’s attention.
Morgue – the library where old newspapers are kept.
Kernel/nut – the summary statement of a feature story that lets everyone know what it’s about.
Kill – to stop a story or portion of a story from being printed
Layout – the design of the pages
Lead – the space between lines
Lead – a piece of information that leads to a story
Libel – publishing false information about someone that unjustly hurts their reputation.
Logo – the trademark of a company
Obit – short for obituary, a story published after someone has died telling about their life.
Off the record – when someone tells a reporter something they don’t want to appear in the paper, or they don’t want to be identified as the source of the information.
Offset – a way of printing where the plate does not directly come into contact with the paper, but the image is transferred to another surface which transfers it to the paper.
Op-ed Page – This is the page opposite the editorial page. It is used for opinion columns and letters to the editor
Orphan – a line at the top of the column which does not fill the whole column.
Pagination – the plan of where all the stories will go in the publication.
Pad – when you make a story longer by using extra words
Passive voice – A style of wording not suited to news.
Peg – a reason for writing a story “why now” “why this”
Plagiarism – when you copy someone else’s work and make it seem like your own.
Plate – An aluminium sheet which carries the image of the page through the ink and transfers it to paper
Press – A term to describe the media.
Press – The machine that prints the newspaper
Press-con – short for press conference, when officials call a number of journalists to hear a piece of news, or to answer their questions.
Press release – information distributed by officials or companies to a number of journalists at once.
Press run – the number of copies published before the press stops to change
Profile – a story that gives you an in depth look at someone. e.g. We will run a profile on David Beckham.
Proof – a page which is almost finished but printed out of a copier for a final check
Proof reader – the person who looks at the final proof of the page – also called a stone sub.
Put the paper to bed – to send the last page to the printer – e.g. “Let’s put this puppy to bed,” favourite expression of Young Post editor on Fridays.
Quotes – the words of people you interview.
Register – making sure the different colours on the page line up so the pictures are not blurry.
Review – a writer’s critical evaluation
Roll change – when the big rolls of paper on the press come to an end a new one is put in place. This is the time plates can be changed and pages corrected or changed.
Scoop – an exclusive break of a story before anyone else gets it printed.
Series – a number of articles which explore the same theme and are printed over a number of days.
Sidebar – a short story that goes with a bigger story
Slug – the name given to a story so that everyone knows which story is being referred to. eg The slug on today’s sports story is NBA12
Skybox – Words and pictures on the front page that encourage readers to look inside the newspaper
Source – Where a reporter gets their information
Splash – the big story of the day.
Sub – This is short for sub-editor, the person who checks the facts and grammar of the story and polishes the writing. The subs also cut the story to fit into a certain length and add the headlines, quotes, captions, subheadings.
Sub head – a smaller line of copy under the headline
Tabloid – a paper which is half the size of a broadsheet. A paper which goes after sensational news.
Thumbnail – a small picture used only half a column wide.
Two source rule – a rule used by investigative journalists which means they need to confirm a piece of information from two sources before reporting it.
Typo – A mistake made by hitting the wrong keys on the keyborad
Web press – a press where paper runs off rolls instead of single sheets
White Space – the space around pictures, headlines, advertisements and stories that has no copy in it. To see this, compare South China Morning Post to a Chinese language newspaper.
Widow – a single word at the bottom of the column.
Wire service – a service from news companies which delivers stories and pictures from all over the world to be printed in local newspapers.
Yellow Press – distorted or sensationalistic journalism