Journalism Quiz Questions And Answers

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Here are some Journalism quiz questions and answers. These journalism MCQ questions are going to be the test of your knowledge on this subject. If you really think you know a lot about journalism, then attempt this quiz and correctly answer as many questions from this quiz as you can. In the end, your score will be a reflection of your understanding of this subject. Best of luck and have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is a creative lead?
    • A. 

      The main idea of a feature story

    • B. 

      A piece of information that attracts and keeps the reader interested

    • C. 

      A point in the story where the reader loses interest

    • D. 

      The angle of a story

  • 2. 
    What is soft news?
    • A. 

      News that’s based on opinions, not facts

    • B. 

      News that’s entertaining or interesting

    • C. 

      News that’s circulated on the Internet, not on paper

    • D. 

      Advice columns

  • 3. 
    What is hard news?
    • A. 

      News that covers hard to understand topics

    • B. 

      News that’s based on opinions, not facts

    • C. 

      News that affects an entire group of people

    • D. 

      The only kind of news there is

  • 4. 
    What do profile stories focus on?
    • A. 

      A group’s behavior

    • B. 

      An individual

    • C. 

      Celebrity interviews only

    • D. 

      Current events

  • 5. 
    What is meant by the balance in a news story?
    • A. 

      Getting a lawyer’s opinion before writing an article.

    • B. 

      Having several authors write a story.

    • C. 

      Covering all sides of an issue as fairly as possible.

    • D. 

      Giving the same amount of space to every paragraph.

  • 6. 
    Your choice of a source should depend on________________.
    • A. 

      The source’s popularity

    • B. 

      The source’s expertise

    • C. 

      The source’s availability

    • D. 

      The source’s height and weight

  • 7. 
    What is an editorial?
    • A. 

      An opinion piece published on a special page

    • B. 

      The process when an editor works with an unfinished story

    • C. 

      A part of the writing process

    • D. 

      The job that reporter's get when they are promoted

  • 8. 
    What is libel?
    • A. 

      Publishing a false statement that damages someone’s reputation

    • B. 

      A tendency to do something

    • C. 

      Publishing private information about a person

    • D. 

      Use of outside editors

  • 9. 
    What is defamation?
    • A. 

      Publishing unflattering information about someone

    • B. 

      An invasion of privacy

    • C. 

      A clearly labeled personal opinion

    • D. 

      An untruthful accusation that lowers someone’s reputation

  • 10. 
    Freedom of the press in the U.S. is __________________.
    • A. 

      Unlimited

    • B. 

      Limited only for school-sponsored journalism

    • C. 

      Governed by the Associated Press

    • D. 

      Guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution

  • 11. 
    What is Journalism?
    • A. 

      The study of writing in journals

    • B. 

      A hard thing to do

    • C. 

      The reporting and publishing of the news

    • D. 

      An American business practice

  • 12. 
    Who is a reporter?
    • A. 

      A good writer that happens to be popular with the public

    • B. 

      A person who writes research papers about any topic

    • C. 

      A person who interviews sources, writes copy, and is published

    • D. 

      Anyone who can publish his writing online

  • 13. 
    What makes a story “newsworthy”?
    • A. 

      The story has to be about a topic that appeals to the public interest.

    • B. 

      The story has to be published.

    • C. 

      The story has to have balanced sources.

    • D. 

      The story has to be about a celebrity.

  • 14. 
    What is a source?
    • A. 

      A published news source, such as the Chicago Tribune

    • B. 

      A person that a reporter interviews for his story

    • C. 

      A reporter resource that lists all of the rules of writing

    • D. 

      A published online news source, such as austintalks.org

  • 15. 
    Why is it important for reporters to talk to sources?
    • A. 

      Sources help publish a reporter’s story.

    • B. 

      Sources are the people that help edit and revise copy.

    • C. 

      Sources give a story balance by offering different perspectives.

    • D. 

      Sources buy newspapers.

  • 16. 
    How does a reporter “balance” his story?
    • A. 

      By writing five paragraphs

    • B. 

      By quoting several different sources

    • C. 

      By including pictures with his story

    • D. 

      By publishing a story and a follow-up story

  • 17. 
    What are the 5 Ws and 1 H?
    • A. 

      The only six questions that a reporter can ask a source

    • B. 

      The six facts necessary facts of a summary lead

    • C. 

      The six paragraphs that are required for a standard news story

    • D. 

      The six worst mistakes a reporter can make

  • 18. 
    What type of creative lead is the following sentence? Six years ago, Mr. Maxwell’s son James fell down a well, and he’s still climbing out.
    • A. 

      Direct Quotation

    • B. 

      Compare/Contrast

    • C. 

      Suspense/Teaser

    • D. 

      Allusion

  • 19. 
    Which phrase describes a feature?
    • A. 

      A hard news story

    • B. 

      Any story that informs the reader

    • C. 

      A soft news story

    • D. 

      Any short newspaper article

  • 20. 
    A summary lead contains___________________.
    • A. 

      A direct quote

    • B. 

      Instructions on how to read the story

    • C. 

      The most important facts of the story

    • D. 

      A list of all the sources quoted in the story

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