Bob's 'glossary' of news-speakJournalists may write for the ear of the "average person," but when they talk to other journalists about their work, their language can be as "in-group" as any other profession. Inspired by our cross-media "Newsgathering" course and with considerable help from the team of Kolodzy & Ricks, here are some words you might hear around an American newsroom -- or journalism classroom. (Other English-speaking journalists may have variations, such as "paras" for "grafs.")
I think pages full of definitions are boring, so I'll just give you the words (see "tease," below)... Check off the terms you know; then listen for (or look up) the ones you don't. "print" and "broadcast" flavors included.
... newspaper jargonWords about pages, stories and parts of stories
above the fold (of a broadsheet, not tabloid)
add (versus "ad")
lead (lede); lede paragraph
delayed-identification lede (useful technique)
burying the lede (bad practice)
decks (e.g., second deck)
points (72 of them)
Words about people and sources
general assignment reporter
FOI (FOIA) (see SPJ's FOIA pages)
CAR (CARR) (See NICAR)
The Web (World Wide, as opposed to "web press")
... broadcast-news jargon
Real broadcast insiders tease me about the days when they might "hot-roll a donut." You'll have to ask them about that.
Parts of a newscast:
sig-off or sign off
Shots and stuff:
fonts (supers, Chyron)
Some computer jargon...
This could go on forever, so I'll stop... and head back to the print world...
--last revision April 17, 2002. Write Bob@Stepno.com if you want a word added or removed. (And yes, to take the quote marks away from the word "glossary" in the headline, I may get around to adding definitions someday!)