Can You Pass This News Story Quiz?

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News Quizzes & Trivia

This is your semester exam for yearbook.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A visual outline of the elements of an assignment is called a(n)
    • A. 

      Storyboard

    • B. 

      Sidebar

    • C. 

      Information Chart

    • D. 

      Convergence

  • 2. 
    Which is a short story that provides supplementary information on the main story?
    • A. 

      Citizen journalism

    • B. 

      Side bar

    • C. 

      Post

    • D. 

      Story board

  • 3. 
    Student journalist should organize around areas of coverage that are important to life in their school.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Some elements of a story about a major football game can be done in advance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Reporters who regularly cover one area, such as the White House, are said to have a?
    • A. 

      General assignment

    • B. 

      Post

    • C. 

      Beat

    • D. 

      Web site

  • 6. 
    Which is the least true of beat reporters?
    • A. 

      They like building expertise in one field of reporting

    • B. 

      They thrive on tight deadlines

    • C. 

      They like the challenge of learning about new issues

    • D. 

      They like meeting new people

  • 7. 
    News organizations can have several beat reporters.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    A general assignment reporter might assist a beat reporter.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    A story about a(n) _____ is considered a hard news story.
    • A. 

      Upcoming art show

    • B. 

      Earthquake

    • C. 

      Rock star's new album

    • D. 

      New business

  • 10. 
    A story about a(n) ____ is considered a soft news story.
    • A. 

      Governing body passing a law

    • B. 

      Ordinary person winning a prize

    • C. 

      Fire

    • D. 

      Crime

  • 11. 
    A news story about a local politician would be considered of value because of its proximity and because it involves someone prominent.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Many reporters say that the biggest problem with a beat is that
    • A. 

      Breaking news takes the top headlines

    • B. 

      Writing about the same beat gets boring

    • C. 

      Their contacts are seldom around

    • D. 

      There is little time to develop enterprise stories

  • 13. 
    Which could be the subject of a profile? A story about
    • A. 

      How eaqrthquakes occur

    • B. 

      A local electronics firm that's having a big sale

    • C. 

      A local woman who became a presidential speech writter.

    • D. 

      The interenet

  • 14. 
    What is an example of a television trend?
    • A. 

      The evening news

    • B. 

      Saturdymorning cartons

    • C. 

      Reality shows

    • D. 

      Car comercials

  • 15. 
    Social problems often make important stories
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    If you notice a phrase you have heard a few times is beginning to be used a lot, you know the phrase has reached it's tipping point.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Which is the most useful technique reporters use to gather good information for both news stories and feature stories?
    • A. 

      Outlining

    • B. 

      Interviewing

    • C. 

      Pre-writting

    • D. 

      Using the internet

  • 18. 
    Which sources do reporters try to interview first?
    • A. 

      Off-the-record sources

    • B. 

      Secondary sources

    • C. 

      Unnamed sources

    • D. 

      Primary sources

  • 19. 
    Which term means that journalists may use the information the source is providing, but may not attribute it to the source?
    • A. 

      Primary source

    • B. 

      On background

    • C. 

      Off the record

    • D. 

      Secondary source

  • 20. 
    Primary sources are the people who can give the reporter the most thorough or best information because they are the investigators, the witness or the people who are affected by the event.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    Interviewing secondary sources often can lead to new stories.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Good ____ bring stories alive
    • A. 

      Unnamed sources

    • B. 

      Convergence

    • C. 

      Quotations

    • D. 

      Gatekeepers

  • 23. 
    Which does the smart reporter use when interviewing sources?
    • A. 

      Open-ended questions

    • B. 

      Anecdotes

    • C. 

      Quotations

    • D. 

      Off-the record information

  • 24. 
    You want to maintain eye contact and show interest in your interview subject and at the same time _____?
    • A. 

      Tell good stories

    • B. 

      Explain you're a new reporter

    • C. 

      Take good notes

    • D. 

      Take photos

  • 25. 
    Anecdotes help make a story about a personality more interesting
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False