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Newspaper Terms

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by jimmydangles, May 9, 2008.

  1. jimmydangles

    jimmydangles Member

    Piggybacking off the "Why is it called Agate?" thread, I wonder about all the weird, goofy terms we've all encountered along the way. Strange/antiquated words for things specific to the sports department, list 'em here. You know, before everything moves to the internet and we forget them all.

    I'll start. I wonder if this is giving away my location, but there's a guy at my shop who calls the Sunday circulars and coupon pages "the Wellingtons."
  2. Stone Cane

    Stone Cane Member

    i always dug nut graph ... double truck ... copy rim ...

    hey, does an upper-case "M" count as 1 1/2 or two?
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I learned two. That and an upper-case W. Upper-case I's are one, everything else is 1 1/2. Lower-case i's, t's, f's and l's are 1/2, m's and w's are 1 1/2, and everything else is 1.
  4. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Living up to the username, I see. Yep. You hit every single one on the head there.
  5. badmoon

    badmoon Member

    lower case j's are 1/2 as well. it was flitj, as i recall dimly.
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Damn. I knew I was missing one, although I'm not entirely sure that was on the list I learned. I've also discovered that in some headline fonts, r's might as well be 3/4; j's might just fall into that group too.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Hed counting is a lost art in this modern "Fit Head" world we live in.
  8. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    And certain (non-Quark, non-InD) editorial systems make it possible to "fit" heds of appalling length on a single line, if the user has absolutely no sense of hed-counting.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

  10. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

  11. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Lede? What's a lede? Oh, you mean lead.
    Yeah, lede.
  12. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

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