Quiz: How Well Do You Know Journalism Slang?

Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfeiffer in Spotlight (2015)
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The ultimate test of a reporter.

Whether you went to school for journalism or happen to be one now, take this quiz now to see how well you really know important journalist slang!

 Jul 27, 2018
1 of 18Pick your answer!
A "gazette" is another word for a _________
TV broadcast
Newspaper
Pamphlet
2 of 18Pick your answer!
Define: "Bold Face"
A heavy or dark type
A stack of newspapers
Being blunt during the interview
3 of 18Pick your answer!
Define: AP Style
A grammar style and usage guide book for journalists
An editing space in the newsroom
The sports section of the newspaper
4 of 18Pick your answer!
Define: "Assignment"
Infographics with the story
Special technology that optimizes your headline
A job given to a journalist by the editor
5 of 18Pick your answer!
What is the "creative commons"?
A online tool that helps find and license photos/music/art for a story
A conference for journalists
The circulation of newspapers
6 of 18Pick your answer!
What does it mean to "bump" a story?
To move the position or timing of a story
To embellish it
To add more images and video
7 of 18Pick your answer!
What does a "copy editor" do?
They improve the formatting, style, and accuracy of text
They design the headlines
They organize the layout of the paper
8 of 18Pick your answer!
Define: "Breaking"
Newly received information
To set type or design pages
Broken information and sources
9 of 18Pick your answer!
Define: "SEO"
Search Engine Optimization
Successful Exit Outwrites
Story Edit Output
10 of 18Pick your answer!
Define: "Proof"
An enclosed area for reporters
Copy of a laid-out page ready to be corrected
To stop a newspaper from printing
11 of 18Pick your answer!
What are the "5 W's"?
Wait, watch, wilt, wham, write
Washington, wild, whimsical, welt, watermelon
Who, what, when, where, why
12 of 18Pick your answer!
What is a "direct quote"?
Using the person's exact words or phrases
Using some of what the person said
Putting words in someone's mouth
13 of 18Pick your answer!
What is a "lede"?
The end of a news article
The layout of a newspaper
The opening sentence or paragraph of a news article
14 of 18Pick your answer!
Define: "Byline"
The reporter's name printed at the beginning or end of a story
A goodbye line at the end of a story
That's not a real thing
15 of 18Pick your answer!
What is "graf" short for?
Photograph
Polygraph
Paragraph
16 of 18Pick your answer!
What is a reporter's "beat"?
How hard they work on a story
A topic they typically cover
The time of day they write
17 of 18Pick your answer!
Who is known as the "Father of Modern Journalism"?
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Ron Burgundy
Walter Lippmann
18 of 18Pick your answer!
Who invented the "printing press"?
Martin Luther
Eli Whitney
Johannes Gutenberg
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