Sharing the same language is sharing a savoir-faire.
The article (« story ») : a text written for publication.
The angle : the way a story is treated.
The lead : the opening sentence, meant to catch the reader’s attention.
The body copy : the text, the interior pages… also a character size.
The final sentence : exactly what it says on the tin.
Opinion piece : a small article in which the writer takes a stance.
Short news item (or brief) : Untitled small piece of news.
Bulletin : unsigned commentary stating the newspaper’s stance.
Column: an original piece, published regularly, by a respected author.
Correspondence : article transmitted by a correspondent.
Wire story : information sent by a news agency.
Editorial : opinion piece from the owner of the newspaper or the editor in chief.
Investigation : exposé, analysis and decryption of information obtained through various channels.
Filler : a copy use to fill space.
Box : a short paragraph enclosed by lines so as to grab the reader’s attention.
Interview : a Q&A.
Obituary : post-mortem.
Report : story & testimonies obtained through fieldwork.
Advertorial : advertisement treated as a report.
Scoop : exclusive, groundbreaking news.
Kicker : a few short words, an attention-grabbing sentence written over a major headline.
Headline : biggest text, a summary thought up to catch the reader’s eye.
Subhead (or deck) : headline incorporated in the body.
Byline : the author’s name, printed at the beginning of the article.
Cutline (or caption) : information describing a picture.
Credit line : name of the photographer.
Omission : forgetting one or various words in the article.
Typo : short for typographical error.
Repetition : a typo consisting in the repetition of a same sign, word, sentence.
Transposition : mixing up typographic signs.
Air : white space.
Widow : a single word that carries onto the next page or to the final sentence of the paragraph.
Box : text framed to give it prominence.
Footer : end of the page.
Gutter : the vertical space running between columns.
Header : top of the page.
Jump : a story continued from one page to another.
Flag : the newspaper logo, on the front page.
Masthead : header that features the name of the newspaper on the front page.
Mast : Section head.
Folio : At the top of the pages, the date, and the number of the page.
Banner : a very large headline.
Ears : spaces located on each size of the top of the page.
Putting to bed : last step before the presses start printing.
Calibration : copy length.
Flatplan : overview of the newspaper that indicates, page by page, where the articles and the ads are located.
Galley : final proof print before publication.
L.H. (« Last Hour») : last page of a newspaper.
TK : “to come”.
Proof : printed newspaper page.
Sheet : copy measuring unit. 25 lines containing 60 characters, spaces included, that is to say 1500 characters.
Dummy : diagram of a newspaper page, draft layout.
Evergreen : a timeless story that doesn’t need to be published straight away.
Budget : list of the articles for the newspaper published the following day.
Layout : overview of the page indicating copy, picture and ad placement.
Credits : box containing legal info on the newspaper’s owner and organization.
“Hot” pages : pages dedicated to breaking news.
Table of contents : what you’ll find in the newspaper.
Don’t “spread”: don’t write as if you were spreading jam on toast.
Don’t “pad”: don’t use a hundred words to say something that can be told in 50 words.
Don’t make stuff up : seriously, that’s a cardinal sin.