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editorial: An article in a publication expressing the opinion of its editors or publishers. In newspapers, it typically appears on the editorial page and is edited by the editorial page editor.

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Ever wonder what those words mean? Here are definitions of some of the most common terms in newspapers. Let us know if you want others defined!

Journalism Terms

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absolute privilege
absolutism
actual malice
actual malice test
ad
add
advance
advertising department
AJAX
algorithm
anchor
anchor
Android
anecdotal lead
anecdote
angle
antinomianism
AP
API (Application Programming Interface)
app
arraignment
astroturfing
average
background (or on background)
backgrounder
beat
bias
blog
blogging
blotter
brightener
browser cache
bureau
bureau chief
business department
business editor
business reporter
byline
cached link
cartoonist
case sensitive
CGI
chain
change of venue
circulation department
citizen journalism
city/metro editor
civil law
client side
clips
closed-ended question
cloud computing
CMS (Content Management System)
columnist
conditional privilege
Consumer Price Index
content
content management system (CMS)
contributing editor
control
cookie
copy
copy chief
copy desk
copy editing
copy editor
cover
CPA (Cost Per Action)
CPC (Cost Per Click)
CPM
Creative Commons
criminal law
crowdsourcing
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
cub
curriculum
cutline
data visualization
database
deadline
deep background
delayed-identification lead
dependent variable
design editor
designer
desk
desk assistant
developing story
dialogue
dig
diversity
Django
documentary
domain name
download
Drupal
editing
editor
editorial
editorial cartoonist
editorial cartoons
editorial department
editorial page
editorial page editor
editorial writer
editorialize
education reporter
embed
entertainment journalism
executive producer
extension (file extension)
Facebook community page
Facebook fan page
Facebook group
Facebook personal page
fair comment and criticism
favorite
feature writer
features
features editor
felony
field experiment
field producer
First Amendment
Flash
follow
foreshadowing
Foursquare
frames
framework
free press-fair trial controversy
Freedom of Information Act
FTP
future file
future of journalism
general manager
geotag
go-live
Google AdSense
Google AdWords
Google Docs
graf
graphic artist
graphics editor
handout
hard lead
hard news
head or header (of an HTML document)
hits
host, hosting
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
HTML5
human-interest story
HyperText
hypothesis
iframe
immediate-identification lead
independent variable
indictment
inflation
information graphic
Internet
intranet
invasion of privacy
inverted pyramid
investigative reporter
investigative reporting
IP address or IP number
iPad
iPhone
iPod Touch
ISP or Internet service provider
Java
JavaScript
Joomla
journalism ethics
journalism professor
journalism’s future
keyword(s)
lay out (v.)
layout (n.)
layout editor
lead
lead story
lead-in
libel
link
link “rot”
location-based services
maestro
makeup editor
managing editor
margin of error (also called sampling error)
mashup
median
merchant account
meta-search engine
metadata
mirroring (RAID)
misdemeanors
mobile
more
morgue
multi-homing
multiple-element lead
MySQL
narration
navigation
negligence test
network correspondent
new media
news conference
news director
news editor
news executive
news release
news room
news story
news value
newsgroup
not for attribution
nut paragraph
obscenity
off the record
off-camera reporter
ombudsman/public editor
on-air talent
online producer
op-ed page
open source
open source reporting
open source software
open-ended question
open-meetings laws
open-records laws
operating system
page designer
parallelism
paraphrase
participant observation
Payment Gateway
payola
PDF (.pdf) file
per capita
percentage
photo chief
photo editor
photographer
photography
piece
plagiarism
platform
play
plug-in
poll
population
PPC
preliminary hearing
press
press agent
press box
press conference
press release
prior restraint
privilege
producer
production department
profanity
profile
programming language
proportion
public figure
public journalism
publisher
Pulitzer Prize
qualified privilege
quote
randomization
rate
records column
recruiter
relational database
reporter
rewrite
roundup
RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
sample
scenic lead
script
scripting language
search engine optimization (SEO)
second-cycle story
section 508
SEM (Search Engine Marketing)
senior editor
senior writer
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
series
server, web server
server-side
service journalism
set-up
shield laws
shovelware
sidebar
site or website
situation ethics
slug
smartphone
sniff
social media
sock puppetry
soft lead
soft news
sources
spider
sports editor
sports reporter
spot news
spreadsheet
story
stringer
structured thesaurus
style sheet
stylebook
substantial truth
summary lead
sunshine laws
tag
take
TCP/IP transmission control protocol/Internet protocol)
telnet
tickler
tie-back
tip
transition
troll
Twitter
UI (User Interface)
undercover reporting
unique visitors
universal desk
update
URL
URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
usability
UseNet
variable
videographer
videoprompter
vulgarity
Web 2.0
widget
wiki
wrap-up
writing coach
XHTML
XML (Extensible Markup Language)