Glossary

Banner – The newspaper’s name printed on the front page. Stories that appear above the newspaper name are called banner stories. This space is reserved for stories of special interest to readers or important news events

Column – A piece of writing that contains the writer’s personal views on a topic. The column is a regular feature of the newspaper, but may not always be written by the same person.

Dateline – The words at the beginning of a news article that tell when and where the story was written.

Editor – One of the people who runs a newspaper

Editorial – An article in which the people who run a newspaper give their opinion on an important issue.

Feature – A detailed story on a person, an issue, or an event.

Headline – The words printed across the top of a newspaper article to catch the reader’s attention.

Inverted Pyramid – A graphic depiction of the way a newspaper story is organized. Facts are organized according to their importance in the story. The most important facts and information are contained t the top of the story.

Lede – The first paragraph of a newspaper story. It should contain the most important information.

News Story – In a newspaper, a story about an event that has just taken place.

Reporter – A staff writer, or freelancer, who researches, interviews and writes a story for a newspaper.

Wire Service – A news agency, such as Canadian Press or Reuters, created to share or distribute news stories and photographs to member organizations.