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