Yearbook Terminology

Yearbook Terminology

angle – a writer’s specific perspective on a broader topic

attribution – to identify the person who said the words being quoted

caption – a few sentences that identify the who, what, where, when, why, and how of a picture

closing – final pages of the yearbook

contents – listing of the pages containing the sections, opening, closing, and index

copy – the main story on a yearbook spread

cover – outside of the yearbook which protects the contents

coverage – refers both to topic features on idvidiaul spreads and how the topics are highlighted

divider – a spread used to seprate each of the sections of the yearbook

editorializing – when a reporter provides his or her opinion to the reader

endsheet – heavier sheets of paper which hold the pages of the yearbook to the cover

flat – eight pages on one side of the signature (also called multiple)

folio tabs – the page number and the topic of a spread typically placed as a unit at the bottom left and bottom right of the spread

four colors – printing in magenta, cyan, yellow, and black

graphics – elements such as rule lines, gray screens, large inital letters and special type treatments which enhance the book’s design

headline – a line of large type used to tell the reader what is to follow

index – a complete alphabetical listing of all students, teachers, advertisiers, topics (faculty, organizations), and events covered in the yearbook

interview – a conversation between a reporter and a source

ladder – a page-by-age listing of the yearbook’s contents

lead – an attention-grabbing introduction that sets the tone of the story

opening – the first two to four pages of the yearbook which introduce the theme

parting page – the final page to bid farewell

quotation – a direct statement a reporter obtains through an interview

section – a yearbook is typically broken up into six groups; people, organizations/clubs, sports, academic, student life, advertising, and index

signature – a 16-page grouping made up of two 8-page flats

source – the person whom a reporter interview

spine – area of the yearbook connecting the front and back covers

spin-off – a “mini-theme” used as a section title

spot color – printing in at least one additional color besides black

spread – two facing or side-by-side pages in the yearbook

style sheet – a list of guidelines a writer uses to maintain consistent punctuation and capitalization

subhead – a secondary headline

theme – a verbal statement and a visual look which tie all parts of the yearbook together

title page – page one of the yearbook; includes vital information regarding the school

transition – a factual sentence a writer uses to link one quotation to another in a piece of copy

serif – type style with tiny “feet” at the end of each letter stroke

leading lines – real or imaginary lines that direct the reader to the center of interest in a photo

eyeline – a horizontal break on the spread that is exactly one pica, but not in the middle of the layout

rule of thirds – division of a photo, horizontally and vertically, so the subject falls into one of the interesting optical hot spots

dominant photo – a photo that is 2 to 2.5 times lrager than other photos on the spread

cut-out background – editing, or cutting away, of unwanted content areas of a photo

candid – an unposed photo that documents the action or story

pica – a unit of measurement equal to 1/6 of an inch and 12 points

white space – blank area where no elements are placed

internal margins – spacing between items within the spread

external margins – spacing around perimeter (outer edge) of entire spread

colophon – detailed listing of technical printing information (at end of the book) and staff listing

gutter – vertical area where two pages meet in the middle

bleed – when any image or element touches the endge of the page extending beond the trim page

kerning – adjusting space between certain combination of type characters to imporve appearance

leading – the vertical distance between lines of type measured in points from the baseline of one line of type to the baseline of the next line


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