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Wooden Boat Fittings
07-27-2015, 01:51 AM
I came across this little piece of info in Ross Gittins' autobiography, and thought it might interest people other than just me --

Newspaper jargon

head = headline
lead = first sentence in a news story
intro = first sentence in a feature or column
spill = the part of a story continued on another page
leader = unsigned editorial
splash = main page-one story with head right across the page
masthead = name of the paper across top of page one; the newspaper and all its digital platforms
puff box = strip under masthead promoting stories inside
woff = 'write-off summing up a feature or column under the head
breakout = shorter subsidiary story to a main story; sidebar = ditto
widow = last line of a par (paragraph) containing a single word
caption = line of words under a photo
H&J = a column of type that has been hyphenated and justified
ragged-edge = a column of type that has been left-justified but not right-justified or hyphenated; often used to distinguish comments from news reports
circulation = number of newspapers sold
readership = circulation multiplied by average number of readers per paper
newsprint = the paper on which newspapers are printed
beat-up = an exaggerated story
run = a story being used rather than spiked (discarded). Some runs are better than others
round = topic area covered by a reporter
sub = subeditor, who checks a story for spelling, grammar, conformity to house style and possible defamation, writes the headline and places it on the page
race calling = how parties are performing in the polls or during an election campaign; the ups and downs of the economy, particularly speculation about changes in the official interest rate
op-ed page = the page of opinion articles and columns opposite the page containing the unsigned editorial


The book is a good read, by the way -- it's just called 'Gittins'.

Mike

seanz
07-27-2015, 02:22 AM
• sub = subeditor, who checks a story for spelling, grammar, conformity to house style and possible defamation, writes the headline and places it on the page

Must be extinct by now. Just saw this, happens all too often.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/70594286/knide-wielding-man-peppersprayed-in-balclutha.html



Knide wielding man pepper-sprayed in Balclutha