Key Words and Meanings - Year 11 Media Studies
  • Magazines
    Publishera company or person that prepares and puts out books, magazines, or music for sale. 
    Sell LinesCaptions that summarise contents in a magazine/newspaper 
    MastheadThe top section of a newspaper (usually gives title, price, date etc) 
    LayoutHow the print media text has been designed and formatted 
    BannersTypically found at the top or bottom of a page 
    CoverlinesCaptions on a magazine front cover 
    Puff/PugText in a shape to grab attention 
    SplashThe front page story 
    Text to Image RatioThe balance of text and image on the page 
    TypographyThe font used – this can be type, colour, size etc 
    ReadershipThe readers of a newspaper, magazine, or book regarded collectively. 
    BuzzwordsKey emotive words to grab attention such as 'exclusive' or 'special offer'  
    Lifestyle MagazineA magazine with articles and editorials in the areas of fashion, travel, food, trends and general pop culture 
  • Newspapers and Mock Revision
    Broadsheeta newspaper with a large format, regarded as more serious and less sensationalist than tabloids 
    Tabloida newspaper having pages half the size of those of the average broadsheet, typically popular in style and dominated by sensational stories. 
    Political BiasBias towards or against a political party or individual  
    Free PressThe principle that communication through media, especially published materials, should be considered a right to be done freely 
    Press IntrusionNewspaper or media intruding on private lives or businesses  
    PCCPress Complaints Commission - a voluntary organisation that regulates how the press operate and what they publish/say 
    KickerA line on a front page usually in a different typeface and intended to provoke interest 
    BylineThe name of the writer of an article 
    IncentiveA competition or free giveaway advertised on a newspaper/magazine front cover 
    PaywallAn arrangement whereby access is restricted to users who have paid to subscribe to the site. 
    Circulation a count of how many copies of a particular newspaper or magazine are sold 
  • Television
    Science-FictionA genre involving futuristic, scientific elements such as time travel, space travel, alien, futuristic technology and advanced ideas 
    Mise-en-sceneEverything seen on the screen including props, costumes, setting, colours etc  
    Multi-Strand NarrativeA story structure involving multiple stories mixed together throughout the narrative  
    HybridityThe mixing of different genres and styles, often to create a new combined genre 
    Intertextuality Referencing other media products within a media product (either directly or indirectly)  
    Audience Sharethe percentage of households viewing or listening to a particular television or radio station during a specific period of time 
    CommissioningThe deciding of what programmes get chosen for production and exhibition 
    ABC Audience ClassificationClassification of different audiences depending on social and income groups (e.g. A = Upper Middle Class)  
  • Revision