Field Notes, Virginian-Pilot Edition

Nameplates: The identifying text, graphic, or banner on the cover of a publication. Similar to a masthead. Here it’s located near the top of the page, written in script type.

Teasers & Promos: Small blurbs on the cover of a publication that “tease” or try to get readers to read material on the inside. These are usually short, concise and punchy, sometimes accompanied by a picture. This teaser is at the top of the page, and jumps inside.

Sidebars: Additional information that accompanies a “main bar” story. In this case, it’s a screenshot with some info attached.

Cutlines: Captions on photos, written in the present tense. Here it’s shown in bold underneath the picture.

Bylines and Credit Lines: Bylines tell who wrote the story, while credit lines tell who took the photograph or designed the graphic/illustration. Can be found at the beginning of the article, and underneath the picture. This article, both seem to have the same author.

Jump Lines and Continuation Lines: The line that breaks the text of an article and tells the reader where to go to find the rest of the story. Here, the article jumps to page 9.

Wraps/Skews: Text that “wraps” around or hugs the outline of an image. This text hugs the dotted line.

Folios: The text on the inside of a page that gives the publication’s name, page and date. Located at the very top of the page here.

Drop Caps: When the first letter in a paragraph is larger than the rest of the text. Usually to indicate it’s an important story. Here the first letter is clearly larger than the rest of the text.

Pull Quotes: When a quote is pulled from the text and made into an information box for emphasis. Here the quote is pulled out because it adds something significant to the story.


One Comment

  1. You did a nice job of defining the terms, but you need to beef up your analysis of how they’re used in the VP. See Veronica’s or Jenna’s entries if you need an example.

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