How do newspaper articles begin

Important newspaper terms from A to Z

Lead story
The most important article on a newspaper page. The lead story is always in the upper half of the page, above the crease called the "break". The font size of the title is larger than any other heading on the page.

Caption
The explanation that is under a picture.

book
The individual parts of the newspaper that together form a unit are called books. The BZ usually appears in four books on weekdays, with supplements such as "Ticket" or "Schnapp".

Freelance collaborator / journalist
Especially with local and sports reporting, a complete range of news is only possible with a large number of freelance workers. The employees receive a previously agreed fee, which is usually based on the number of published lines and photos.

gloss
The gloss is a shorter, more pointed opinion piece that is intended to stimulate and entertain the reader. The glossary differs from the commentary and the leading article in its ironic, often satirical, sometimes polemical or columnar character.

Headline / Headline
The headline of an article

comment
Article reflecting the journalist's opinion.

correspondent
Journalist reporting from a city or country outside the newspaper's publication area. For cost reasons, correspondents often work for a so-called pool, that is a small group of several (non-competing) newspapers that share the costs of a correspondent's office.

editorial
The most important - and usually the longest - comment in the sheet. There is only one per issue.

coat
The main section of the newspaper with the classic sections of politics, country, culture, sport and business encloses the local section like a coat.

Message, message, report
The message is a short, informative article that answers the classic W-questions (who did what? When? Where? Which source?). A report is a particularly short message, and a report is a longer informative article, usually accompanied by quotations. In all three informational text forms, the events are not reported in chronological order, but in descending order of importance. First things first.

News agency
News agencies provide the editors with finished articles: articles, photos, videos. You are subscribed to by the editorial offices. Depending on the orientation and size of the respective publication, agencies are printed more frequently or only serve as a basis for their own research. In the BZ, agency texts are mostly used when reporting from an area in which the BZ is not represented by its own editors or correspondents. The relationship between supplier and customer turns when editorial offices research exclusive information and pass articles on to news agencies. A dpa message then reads, for example, as follows: "According to information from the Badische Zeitung ..."

News agencies in the BZ
dpa - German press agency
sid - sports information service
AFP - Agence France-Presse
KNA - Catholic News Agency
epd - Protestant press service

editor
An editor is a full-time journalist at a newspaper, radio or television station, or an Internet news portal.

Edit
Editing is the process of editing and fitting texts into the space provided on a page. Editing pays attention to the comprehensibility, the factual correctness as well as the correct spelling and grammar of a contribution.

report
The report is the lively portrayal of an event that the reporter himself has observed or experienced.

Department
A department is part of an editorial team that works on a specific topic.

Solo picture
The solo picture, also called a single picture, is a meaningful or simply "just" beautiful and decorative photo that stands alone, without an article, but with a slightly longer caption.

Subline
The subline is the smaller printed subheading that provides additional information about the main line.