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Basic Terms

Start by studying the following graphics.

Now study the following terms.


the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.


Newspaper articles technically do not have titles, but headlines. Headlines and titles serve similar functions, but a headline is really intended to capture the reader's attention. One reason to understand that headlines are not the same as titles is that a newspaper article reprinted from a newswire service like the Associated Press will often have completely different headlines, depending on the newspaper in which it is printed. The headline chosen for such an article can sometimes reveal information about the newspaper's editorial stance.

subtitle / subhead

The subtitle (or subhead) is located beneath the main headline, in bold print. Not all articles have subtitles.


The byline identifies the author or reporter. It is usually located beneath the headline, although occassionally it can be found at the end of the article.


The dateline identifies the date the article was written, and the location where most of the information was gathered. It is usually found beneath the byline.


The lead is the first sentence of a news article. It usually sums up the most important information in the article.


Mood of the piece (celebratory, melancholy, nostalgic, etc.) What is the feeling you get when you read the article? 


A caption consists of the words printed underneath a picture or cartoon to explain what it is about.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.