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Newspaper Terminiology
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Ad:   Abbreviation for advertisement

AP:  Abbreviation for Associated Press, a wire service (see Wire Service)

Beat:  A particular subject, such as the fire or police department

Byline:  Name of the article (story) writer/author

Circulation:  Number of newspaper copies sold

Column:  Vertical sections of typed lines on a newspaper page.  Also an article that appears regularly in the newspaper (eg. Sports Column)

Copy:  Any kind of written material

Cut:  Newspaper photograph

Cutline:  Explanation under or beside a photograph.  Also called a caption

Dateline:  Where a story happened

Deadline:  Time at which all copy for the edition must be submitted

Editorial:  Article expressing the opinion of an editor

Feature:  A story in which the interest lies in some factor other than news value

Five Ws:  Who, What, Where, When, and Why (sometimes “H” for How is added) – the main questions a reporter asks when following up and writing a story

Flag:  Name of newspaper, as it is printed on the front page

Headline:  Title of a news story

Inverted Pyramid:  The style traditionally used in news stories.  The lead contains the most important facts (who, what, when, where, why and how) in the story, with the other details arranged in descending order

Jumpline:  Line at the bottom of a story listing the page where the story continues

Lead:  First paragraph of a news story containing the most important facts, written to catch the reader’s attention

Managing Editor:  The editor who directs the daily gathering and editing of the news

Masthead:  List of the major executives of the paper, usually printed on the editorial page

Publisher:  The chief executive and often owner of a newspaper

Syndicated Features:  Material such as comics, advice columns, etc. supplied national to newspapers by news syndicates

Wire Service:  Network of reporters and editors who write stories for newspapers; these stories are available electronically to all the subscribing newspapers.  Also referred to as News Service.